Redlands, Cameron agreement expected to boost number of agriculture degrees in western Oklahoma

Redlands Community College and Cameron University have entered into an agreement that will enable agriculture majors at Redlands who earn associate degrees to more easily work toward bachelor’s degrees at Cameron.

Cameron University President John McArthur (left) and Redlands Community College President Jack Bryant sign the articulation agreement establishing a pathway to a Cameron bachelor’s degree for Redlands graduates who have earned an associate degree in agriculture.The articulation agreement was announced by the presidents of both higher education institutions and goes into effect immediately.

“Both of our institutions are committed to increasing opportunities for Oklahomans to gain access to higher education programs and successfully earn degrees,” said Jack Bryant, President of Redlands Community College. “Through this agreement, Redlands students who graduate with an agriculture degree can seamlessly transfer to Cameron where they can continue in their major field of study.”

Called a “2+2 articulation agreement” because it combines the two years of lower-division study at the community college level with the two years of upper-division work at a university, the agreement allows Redlands students who complete an Associate in Science degree in Agriculture to be admitted directly into Cameron where they can work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in any of the options that CU offers – agriculture business management, agronomy, animal science or environmental science.

In most cases, lower division agriculture coursework at Redlands is identical to Cameron’s.  In situations where courses are not identical, an equivalent core course is assigned.  Hours earned by transferring Redlands graduates will count toward a Cameron bachelor’s degree.

“We are excited about the chance to increase educational opportunities in our part of the state for agriculture students,” says John McArthur, President of Cameron University. “The ag industry continues to be vital to Oklahoma’s economy, and Cameron wants to support students interested in careers in that field.”

Both institutions agree to help students complete their degree programs in a timely manner. As part of the five-year agreement, Cameron will assign a specific advisor to the Redlands graduates to help them progress through the program successfully.

“We look forward to working with Cameron to support Oklahoma’s agriculture industry by preparing a strong, well-educated workforce,” Bryant says.

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November 9, 2018