OTC and University of Illinois at Springfield announce online academic partnership

OTC and University of Illinois at Springfield announce online academic partnership

Friday, December 10, 2010

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Mark Miller
College Director of Communication 417.447.2655 millerm@otc.edu
Laura French
Coordinator of Public Information 417.447.2659 frenchl@otc.edu

Ozarks Technical Community College and the University of Illinois at Springfield have finalized a new transfer agreement between OTC Online and UIS.  A signing ceremony was held this morning at Ozarks Technical Community College’s Springfield campus.  The agreement is designed to provide a seamless transfer for qualified Ozarks Technical Community College students into online programs at UIS. 

“Increasingly, universities from all over America are recognizing the importance of strong articulation agreements with community colleges,” said Dr. Hal Higdon, president of Ozarks Technical Community College.  “Partnerships like this are beneficial not only for both institutions, but also for the students, who now have the opportunity to transition smoothly from OTC to UIS.”

OTC Online enrollment is up more than 15 percent this fall, with 2,327 students taking the majority of their classes online.  However, a total of 4,104 students are taking at least one online class.  The College has offered online classes for several years, but demand has increased exponentially since OTC made it possible for students to earn a complete Associates degree online.