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  • 2+2 programs a hit

  • It doesn’t take a bachelor’s degree to know that 2+2=4. However, sometimes it takes a 2+2 to get a bachelor’s degree.

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  • It doesn’t take a bachelor’s degree to know that 2+2=4. However, sometimes it takes a 2+2 to get a bachelor’s degree.
    Students at community colleges across the state have been discovering the benefit of the state’s ever-expanding 2+2 programs. A 2+2 program involves a student studying for two years at a community college, then taking online classes for the remaining two years of a four-year degree.
    Kansas State recently announced it was the first major university in the state to complete a 2+2 agreement with each of the state’s community colleges, in this case for the school’s general business degree. It then went on a three-city tour of the state to celebrate its accomplishment, including a stop in Iola, which featured a representative from Fort Scott Community College.
    FSCC, who partners with Kansas State in a number of 2+2 programs, including agriculture and general business, said the program has largely been a success.
    “For students, it gives them a clear path to know exactly how their credits can transfer and how they will transfer. It’s an easy way to figure out their plans,” said Donna Estill, FSCC dean of instruction. “Our ag instructor, for instance, works with the professors there to find out what our students really need to be able to do. We will work with them on developing specific competencies. It’s a good process.”
    One Kansas State official said that although the Kansas Board of Regents has been working to streamline the transfer process, the work to add more 2+2 programs to the school’s network was already underway.
    “Every board of regnets reaches out to make transfers between schools as smooth as it can,” said Sue Maes, Kansas State dean of continuing education. “The different classes are detailed out, so you can see which courses are needed that would transfer for those programs. It’s a matter of getting the correct set of 60 hours from the community college so students can transfer without having to pick up any extra classes.”
    The push for the ability to transfer credits between schools has long been important, but Maes said has been ramped up in recent years, potentially by the recession.
    “Over a half million Kansans have stopped out of their education partway through their associates or bachelor’s degrees,” Maes said. “That’s a half million we can target to help them complete those degrees.”
    FSCC’s Estill said that Kansas State, in particular, has been very proactive about the 2+2 agreements, and that Pittsburg State, while it doesn’t have formal agreements in place, works closely with the school as well.
    Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 140.
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