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Bethel and HCC formalize agreement to facilitate seamless transfer

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Hutchinson Community College students will find it even easier to transfer to Bethel College thanks to a new partnership between the two institutions.

On Sept. 7, Bethel President Perry D. White and Vice President for Academic Affairs Brad Born traveled to Hutchinson to sign an articulation agreement with HCC President Ed Berger and Dean of Instruction Sue Darby and smooth the path for HCC students seeking a four-year degree.

Bethel and sister institution Hesston College (like HCC, a two-year college) have an articulation agreement but this is the first between Bethel and a public two-year institution.

The “General Education Transfer Agreement” sets out what courses from HCC will transfer for credit as “distribution” (12 hours in writing, oral communication and math) and “competency” (nine hours each, for a total of 27, in arts and humanities, science and mathematics, and social sciences) requirements in Bethel’s General Education program.

As Bethel students, HCC transfers will still need to complete course requirements in cross-cultural learning and in peace, justice and conflict studies; language requirements if earning the Bachelor of Arts degree; and the senior capstone course, Basic Issues of Faith and Life, in order to graduate.

“Historically, we have drawn many of our transfer students from Hutchinson Community College,” said Born, “so this is an important step that improves our communication with those prospective students, makes their transition to Bethel even smoother and helps them complete their programs of study here as quickly as possible.”

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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