Admissions pact between DACC and EIU up for approval

Admissions pact between DACC and EIU up for approval

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College students soon could have an easier time transferring to Eastern Illinois University.

That would occur under a dual admission transfer agreement between DACC and EIU, which DACC trustees will consider approving on Tuesday.

"Basically, if students know that they're going to attend their first two years at DACC, and then transfer to a program at Eastern, both institutions will admit them," said Dave Kietzmann, DACC's vice president of instruction.

"During their first two years, they will not only work with our counselors," he said. "They will also be working with Eastern counselors to make sure their programs are on track, and that everything transfers as it should."

Kietzmann said the majority of DACC graduates who transfer to four-year schools choose EIU or the University of Illinois.

"They are the most popular," said Kietzmann, who cited the schools' "strong" academic programs and proximity to Vermilion County as the reasons.

Eastern has dual admission transfer agreements with several other community colleges, he said. When officials from EIU and DACC met last fall, "they asked us if we would be interested in signing a similar agreement."

Now, students hoping to transfer to Eastern do not apply until after they're already at DACC. Kietzmann said while they have "virtually" no problems transferring credits, they are not guaranteed admission.

Also on Tuesday:

– The board will discuss replacing the bleachers at the Mary Miller Gymnasium.

Mike Cunningham, director of administrative services, said the bleachers are the original ones installed in 1972.

"They're not dangerous," he said. But "the cost to maintain them is increasing every year."

Cunningham said maintenance costs have varied depending on the repairs.

"In the future, it's estimated it could be as much as $18,000," he said.

Cunningham estimates replacing the bleachers would cost more than $200,000.

With board approval, he will work with an architect to put bid specifications together. "Hopefully, that will be sometime in February or March," he said, adding he would like the work to be done this summer.

– The board will consider proposed academic calendars for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years.

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