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Sussex and Ramapo form Partnership

10/28/2022 2:49:05 PM
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Sussex County Community College held an official signing with Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ) for its new 3+1 Bachelor’s degree path on Friday, October 28 in the Performing Arts Center. Officials from both colleges were in attendance for the signing.

Students who attend Sussex can save thousands of dollars toward a bachelor’s degree thanks to a new partnership with Ramapo. The Sussex/Ramapo 3+1 Bachelor’s degree path is a unique agreement that can save approximately $7000 on the degree as compared to those who transfer after earning their first associate degree. Students are able to remain on Sussex’s campus while taking the third year of Ramapo’s bachelor’s degree curriculum. Upon successful completion of the third year, students will take the fourth-year curriculum on Ramapo’s Mahwah campus.

The programs slated for approval for the Fall of 2023 include Global Studies and Business, Social Science with a focus on Criminal Justice, and Psychology. Qualified community college professors will teach junior year courses and hold the same credentials as professors who teach at four-year institutions. They have a strong educational background and sometimes an industry background as well.

“We feel this will offer area residents an incredibly cost-effective way to pursue their four-year degree,” said Dr. Kathleen Okay, Senior Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Sussex. “We are delighted to partner with Ramapo College on this initiative, as both institutions already had an established history of collaborative ventures through various articulation agreements. It is a win for the students and the county!” 

“This partnership only strengthens the existing relationship between Ramapo and Sussex. It doubles down on the two commitments that both institutions share and pride themselves on: student success and affordability. As a public college, it is imperative that the value of a liberal arts degree permeates the State and these degree paths certainly do that in preparing the next generation of graduates,” said Dr. Christopher Romano, Vice President of Strategic Enrollment, Outreach and Engagement.

Students must apply and be accepted into the Advanced Associates of Continuous Studies at Sussex before enrolling in courses for the 3+1 Bachelor’s degree path. Once accepted, students are required to meet with a designated Ramapo College counselor who will assist them toward their successful transition to the four-year college to earn their bachelor’s degree. 

For more information about the new program with Ramapo College, contact Nicole Pedoto, RCNJ Transfer Advisor, npedoto@ramapo.edu, or 201-684-7572.

Picture #1: President Jon H. Connolly addresses the audience on the new partnership
Picture #2:Dr. Cindy R. Jebb, President, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Picture #3, seated left to right: Senior VP of Academic & Student Affairs Dr. Kathleen Okay, President Connolly, Ramapo President Jebb, and Ramapo Interim Provost Dr. Susan Gaulden 
Picture #4: President Connolly and Ramapo President Jebb share congratulations on the 3 + 1 signing.