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Bethel, Butler Community College sign agreement to facilitate transfer

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has signed its fourth articulation agreement – the third this academic year – with a two-year college.

Wednesday, May 11, Bethel President Perry D. White and Vice President for Academic Affairs Brad Born traveled to El Dorado to sign the agreement with Butler Community College President Jackie Vietti.

The agreement will help facilitate transfer for BCC students who want to continue their education and obtain a four-year degree.

Bethel signed similar agreements with Hutchinson Community College and Cloud County Community College, in September and November, respectively. Bethel had previously formalized one with its sister institution Hesston College (like Bethel, affiliated with Mennonite Church USA).

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

As Bethel students, BCC 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.

“This articulation agreement with Butler Community College represents another important partnership with a neighboring Kansas institution to educate students,” Born said. “Bethel has always welcomed community college students to continue their education here, and this formal agreement represents our commitment to providing BCC students the information they need to make a smooth transition from community college graduate to Bethel College graduate.”

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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