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RCC grads can transfer to University of Phoenix

A new partnership between Rogue Community College and the University of Phoenix will give RCC students a hassle-free route to getting their bachelor's degree in business technology, human services or criminal justice.

Students who have acquired their associate's degree in any of the three concentrations now have the option of transferring to the online-based University of Phoenix to get their bachelor's degree without losing any of their hard-earned credits or moving out of the Rogue Valley, said Darren Van Lehn, an RCC academic counselor.

"This agreement means students' credits will transfer without question," he said. "Previously, there was a class-by-class evaluation, and the receiving school could decide whether or not to award the credits based on its guidelines."

Currently, students who decide to pursue their bachelor's degree after earning their associate's can lose as many as 40 credits when transferring to a university.

RCC has partnerships with Southern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology and Capella University in which students can take prerequisites for specific bachelor's degrees at RCC.

However, students who get an associate's degree without a higher degree in mind could lose credits or be behind if they decide to go back to school, Van Lehn said.

The University of Phoenix has created "direct pathways" that build off RCC's Associate of Applied Science Degree in business technology with a management focus and associate's degrees in human service and criminal justice, said Van Lehn.

"The partnership simplifies and streamlines the transfer process," he said, adding that the opportunity will be especially attractive to people with jobs and families in the valley.

Over the next year, RCC would like to work with the University of Phoenix to create more of these pathways.

Free online information sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. July 22. Call Van Lehn at 541-245-7589 for more information.

Reach education reporter Teresa Thomas at 541-776-4497 or tthomas@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/teresathomas_mt.