Mizzou J-School signs first-ever 'articulation agreement' with East Central College

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Student Benefit Will Be a Seamless Transfer from Associate to Baccalaureate Degree

LEFT: Photo of the arch at the Mizzou School of Journalism

Columbia, Mo. -– East Central College students interested in earning a bachelor of journalism degree can now transfer seamlessly to the University of Missouri to complete their studies. ECC is a community college located in Union, Mo.

The articulation agreement highlights a shared commitment by ECC and the Missouri School of Journalism to increase opportunities for student access to and success in higher education.

“We’ve worked for the last year to make sure that East Central’s courses provide students with the skills they need to transfer to Mizzou and be successful,” said Brian S. Brooks, associate dean for undergraduate studies. “We hope this is a precedent-setting agreement that other community colleges will emulate.”

The articulation agreement specifies that ECC students who have earned an associate of arts in journalism degree are guaranteed that MU will accept designated freshman and sophomore journalism credits and all general education credits. The three journalism courses cover an introduction to subject, newswriting and diversity.  These will be applied to the bachelor of journalism degree in a manner consistent with the treatment of students enrolled on the Columbia campus.

"We are incredibly excited about this partnership and being able to offer this opportunity to students,” said Leigh Kolb, ECC English and journalism instructor and journalism adviser. “We look forward to continue building and sustaining a program that will prepare students for MU's world-renowned journalism school."

Students interested in transferring should contact their ECC academic adviser as well as apply to MU.

ECC’s mission is to provide the first two years of a baccalaureate education in addition to career and technical programs and other services to meet the needs of the region.

The Missouri School of Journalism, the world’s first, is an international leader in journalism education. More than 30 interest areas are available for undergraduate students, and they earn top awards and recognitions – more than 160 in the 2010-2011 academic year – from international and national organizations. The School works with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute to create the future of journalism and has six research centers dedicated to journalism. More than a dozen professional organizations, programs and centers are headquartered here.