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Holy Cross College forges partnership with Ancilla College

Holy Cross College forges partnership with Ancilla College

NOTRE DAME, IN (December 7, 2012) - Holy Cross College announces it will partner with Ancilla College, a Catholic two-year college near Donaldson, Indiana, to assist students who wish to continue their education at a four-year, Catholic institution that values personal attention to students.  Effective immediately, students at Ancilla who complete an associate's degree may apply all credits earned toward a degree in any major offered at Holy Cross College.

"Holy Cross started as a two-year liberal arts college, and so we understand that students need an environment that will personally support them and provide the skills and experiences necessary for a broad range of careers," says Chris O'Brien, Transfer Coordinator at Holy Cross College.  "We are also supporting local families who are looking for affordable, four-year, Catholic options - and we think our partnership is a win-win all around."

The relationship between the two schools is designed to help families plan ahead.  New students entering Ancilla may choose to take advantage of the 'concurrent enrollment program' option.

"This is an exciting way to have the student gain admission to both institutions at once and work toward their bachelor's degree while attending Ancilla," explains O'Brien.  "When a student graduates with their associate degree, matriculation to Holy Cross is automatic.  Concurrent enrollment also allows students to 'lock in' their HC tuition at the time they enrolled at Ancilla College, and utilize the academic support and advising available at Holy Cross."

Students who are interested in choosing the Concurrent Enrollment Program option must be admitted to both institutions with a minimum 2.5 high school grade point average (GPA), or transfer to Ancilla College with a minimum 2.5 GPA from their most recent college.  As long as the student remains continuously enrolled, completes 24 or more credits per year, and remains in good standing at Ancilla until graduation, the student will pay the Holy Cross tuition that was in effect the term that they enrolled at Ancilla. 

"This will potentially save the student two years' worth of tuition increases," adds O'Brien. "Holy Cross has always been generous in accepting transfer credit from Ancilla students, and wanted a way to formalize our arrangement."

Dr. Joanna Blount, Dean of Academic and Student Services at Ancilla College, shared her knowledge of other institutions that were using a 'concurrent enrollment' concept and Holy Cross College immediately expressed interested in working together to benefit both colleges. In August, talks began on the idea of concurrent enrollment and the agreement was finalized in late October.

"We are always excited to collaborate with colleges who share a mission similar to that of Ancilla College," states Dr. Blount.  She goes on to say, "This partnership with Holy Cross offers Ancilla students  an exciting opportunity to be recognized as part of a senior college as they begin their academic career.  Our students will have a seamless transfer academically as they graduate from Ancilla College, utilizing all the credits earned at Ancilla College."

"Another important aspect of this agreement is that it locks in the tuition in effect at Holy Cross at the time they began their academic career at Ancilla," Blount explains.  "This is a different approach than I've seen in Indiana and I am hopeful this will become a model for articulation across the state.  It serves the students well  and that is an prime consideration for both colleges."  

Ancilla College is a Catholic liberal arts institution of higher learning. Sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Ancilla College embraces the order's core values - Openness to the Spirit, Community, Simplicity, and Dignity and Respect for all - and their belief that these four core values flow from joyful service to all, especially with the needy and underserved.

The academic agreement is expected to be in place so students earning an associate degree at Ancilla this December may continue their enrollment at Holy Cross in January 2013. The Concurrent Enrollment Program will be available for students enrolling at Ancilla College starting January 2013.

"Our recent academic articulation agreement with Ancilla College expands the collaboration we already enjoy with this great partner in Catholic higher education," says Holy Cross College President Brother John Paige, C.S.C. "These agreements are a further commitment by our two institutions to help students earn a college degree in a timely and affordable manner."

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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, four-year, co-educational, liberal arts institution founded in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross.  With a 13:1 faculty/student ratio, students find personal attention from professors who care about their success and development in mind, body, and spirit. The Four Pillars of the core curriculum include a professional internship, service to others, a global perspective experience, and a senior Capstone presentation which summarizes and synthesizes each student's learning. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, Holy Cross College provides the best of both worlds: a close-knit, small college atmosphere with the resources and social opportunities of a large university.     


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