SCHENECTADY — Business students at Schenectady County Community College can add a new option to the list of things to do after finishing a two-year degree: transfer to New York University.
Earlier this month, the college signed a transfer agreement with NYU, guaranteeing admission to NYU’s prestigious school of professional studies to SCCC business administration students who graduate with a 2.75 GPA or higher.
The agreement applies to SCCC students studying business administration — around 200 current students — and feeds directly to NYU’s Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Management Studies. The agreement takes effect this fall.
Michael Roggow, dean of SCCC’s division of business, criminal justice and law — and an NYU graduate — said the agreement has been about a year in the making. He said it will give Schenectady families and students a chance to envision and fulfill academic and professional opportunities in New York City.
“We are trying to create a range of experiences for students,” said Roggow, who lived and worked in New York for more than 20 years before joining the staff at SCCC two years ago.
While the agreement establishes a “path to the city,” and builds on a deal with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, officials are continuing to discuss the potential to expand the NYU transfer agreement to include other programs, Roggow said.
The NYU agreement caps a trio of similar transfer agreements finalized this summer. The school previously inked a transfer agreement with the University at Albany, covering 46 degree programs, and a separate agreement with Siena College covering 31 programs. The agreements spell out the conditions under which SCCC students can transition to four-year programs, while maximizing their SCCC credits and beginning the four-year programs as juniors.
Roggow called the NYU and other agreements an “endorsement” of SCCC’s curriculum and standards and a sign of the college’s growing reputation with officials at four-year schools statewide.