The agreement between the Idaho Higher Ed makes a shorter leap from fellowship to bachelor’s degree

TWIN FALLS Southern Idaho College has joined forces with other institutions of higher education in Idaho in an agreement that makes it easier for CSI students who have earned an undergraduate degree to transfer directly to top-level programs at four-year Idaho institutions.

The New Joint Entry/Joint Enrollment Partnership, signed by all eight public higher education institutions in Idaho, means that students who have completed their studies at CSI can immediately begin taking classes for their baccalaureate degree from one of Idaho’s three universities or from Lewis Clark State College .

The agreement will also allow CSI students to begin taking upper-degree courses from four-year institutions even before completing their two-year degrees.

“This collaboration between the colleges and universities of Idaho provides College of Idaho students with broad access to all eight institutions,” said Dr. Todd Schwartz, president of CSI. “When this agreement is combined with the statewide Financial Aid Consortium agreement, students can more easily enroll in courses and programs from every public college and university in Idaho, while using their financial aid awards at multiple institutions.”

The goals of the agreement include improving students’ access to post-secondary education, increasing degree completion rates, and providing students with stronger support systems no matter where they are located.

“In paving the way for more students moving from our community colleges to our four-year institutions, we are also making colleges affordable because it is less expensive to attend a community college,” said the chief academic officer of the Idaho State Board of Education. Dr. T.J. Bliss. “Taking general education courses at a community college is less expensive than taking the same courses at university. Our goal with this agreement is to create pathways for more students to begin their post-secondary education at a two-year college, and then move on to a four-year institution for private classes.”

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