DACC, EIU reach dual admission deal
DANVILLE – Students who plan to get an associate degree from Danville Area Community College and a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University can enroll at both schools at the same time.
Danville Area Community College trustees made that possible on Tuesday when they approved a dual admission agreement with EIU. The agreement guarantees that students in the program can transfer to the Charleston-based university after they graduate from DACC.
"(Students) have the assurance there's a place for them," board President Vickie Miller said.
"It eliminates a lot of the guesswork," Trustee Dick Cheney added.
Under the program, students enrolling at DACC also may enroll at EIU, if they know they want to go there for a bachelor's degree. DACC President Alice Jacobs said the school consistently has been the No. 1 choice of the community college's transfer students.
Each semester, DACC officials will provide EIU with students' transcripts. In return, EIU counselors will send the students progress reports to ensure their study programs are on track to enter the university.
DACC and EIU officials said the two institutions have worked together for years. Among other programs, EIU offers three bachelor's degree programs and one master's degree program at DACC's campus.
"This is just another outreach effort," said Jeffrey Cross, EIU's associate vice president of academic affairs. He added that EIU has similar agreements with more than six community colleges. "We're very pleased to include DACC in that group."
In addition to guaranteeing transfers, Cross said, students establish relationships with EIU counselors.
"When they arrive, they ... have a familiar face, and they make that adjustment very smoothly," he said.
Cross said EIU benefits from knowing who's coming to the school. "We can be better prepared to meet their needs," he said, adding that, too, will help ease students' transition.
The agreement will continue through May 2009 and can be extended by mutual consent.
In other business, trustees accepted the resignations of horticulture Professor Chuck Schroeder, humanities Professor Mary Coffman, business Professor Judy Habben and criminal justice Professor Dan Milligan.
Jacobs said the college will lose multiple decades of experience when the four retire in the spring. However, some of them will return as part-time instructors.
Schroeder began his teaching career at the college on Aug. 15, 1966. Coffman started as a part-time instructor in the fall of 1975, and became full-time on Jan. 12, 1976.
Habben was hired as a part-time instructor in the fall of 1972, and became full-time in August 1980. Milligan started on Aug. 14, 1978.