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CCBC and Stevenson University kick off Degrees to Succeed program

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Partnership allows for a seamless path from associate to bachelor’s degree.

The Community College of Baltimore County and Stevenson University have partnered to offer students a seamless and efficient path toward earning a bachelor’s degree through the new Degrees to Succeed program.

CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis and Stevenson University President Elliot Hirshman will gather for the official signing ceremony at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20 in the Philip A. Zaffere Library at Stevenson University.

The Degrees to Succeed program provides students with the benefits of both institutions. Students start their coursework at CCBC — completing their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree — then transfer their credits to Stevenson University where they can begin to pursue their bachelor’s degree as a third-year student. Additional benefits for CCBC students participating in the Degrees to Succeed program include the following:

  • Co-advising with Stevenson University advisors to ensure CCBC courses align with Stevenson’s programs
  • Stevenson will accept all transfer credits, Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degree programs
  • Potential financial incentives — up to $2,000 per year for up to two years — available for eligible students through Stevenson’s Transfer Advantage program
  • Degrees to Succeed students are encouraged to apply for additional Stevenson scholarships
  • Stevenson ID card allowing CCBC students entry to select events and activities

“We are pleased to partner with Stevenson University to give CCBC students an opportunity to fast-track their educational goals,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “One student, two institutions, one experience — that’s the magic of Degrees to Succeed. Students have peace-of-mind knowing that they have already been accepted into Stevenson University with the successful completion of their associate degree. The transfer will be seamless and students will have a familiarity with the Stevenson campus and processes through the early access to Stevenson advisors as well as select events and activities.”

“We are excited to be the first independent university in Maryland to participate in the Degrees to Succeed program at CCBC,” said Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., President of Stevenson University. “At Stevenson, we are dedicated to fostering student success and connecting students to their careers. By streamlining the transfer process, our partnership will help more students achieve their educational goals, succeed in their academic careers, and build a foundation for future success.”

With hundreds of associate and bachelor’s degrees to choose from, CCBC and Stevenson University offer students a wealth of opportunities to advance their academic goals. Forging this strong partnership builds on the strengths of both institutions and lays the groundwork for more CCBC students to earn bachelor’s degrees, carry less debt, and realize their life aspirations and career goals.

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Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 50,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction, and transportation. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2023 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.