Southeastern, BRCC sign 2+2 agreement on computer science programs
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
by: Rene Abadie
SLU, BRCC SIGN AGREEMENT – Southeastern Louisiana University President John L. Crain and BRCC Chancellor Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller sign a “2+2” agreement between the institutions that facilitates seamless transfer of BRCC computer science students into Southeastern’s four-year programs.
HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University and Baton Rouge Community College have signed
a“2+2” articulation agreement designed to facilitate the transfer of BRCC computer
science students into Southeastern’s undergraduate programs.
Officials at both institutions said the agreement provides a seamless transition for students graduating with computer science associate’s degrees from BRCC who intend to pursue bachelor’s degrees at Southeastern in computer science and information technology programs.
A 2+2 program is a cooperative endeavor between a two-year community college program that offers associate degrees and a four-year institution that provides students with an easy transition through the sharing of application and admissions information, transcripts and other records.
The agreement will facilitate transfer to Southeastern’s bachelor degree programs in computer science and information technology upon the student’s completion of the AS degree program in computer science at BRCC.
“This agreement represents another sign of cooperation between Louisiana institutions intended to advance the success of higher education students at both the community college and university levels,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “It also addresses important workforce development and technology issues for the state.”
“This is an exciting journey for both institutions. A partnership with Southeastern will open up more avenues for BRCC students to achieve their dreams of furthering their education. It also provides opportunities for students who may not have otherwise considered completing a bachelor’s degree,” said BRCC Chancellor Andrea Lewis Miller.
Also signing the agreement on behalf of Southeastern were Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tammy Bourg and Dean of the College of Science and Technology Dan McCarthy; signing for BRCC were BRCC Chancellor Andrea Lewis Miller and Dean of the STEM Division JoDale Ales. Also participating in the signing event were Sebastian van Delden, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology at Southeastern, and Karim Elkholy, interim chair of the Department of Engineering and Computer Science at BRCC.
Under the agreement, students who complete two years at BRCC and earn an associate’s degree in computer science can easily transition into Southeastern computer science bachelor’s degree programs, which include pre-MBA and scientific concentrations, or a bachelor’s degree in information technology.
van Delden said students at BRCC will take 60 credit hours, which includes most of their general education coursework, including math, English, science, social studies, humanities and basic computer science. Their remaining 60 hours at Southeastern will focus primarily on computer science coursework, addressing algorithm design and analysis, programming languages, operating systems, software engineering and other advanced computing topics.
“This partnership gives students in the region an additional educational pathway to pursuing a high tech career in computing,” he said. “With the high demand for application developers and software engineers in south Louisiana now, we are very excited to see this partnership formalized.”