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Florida Gulf Coast University
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Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

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FGCU Secures Agreement With ECC to Help CJ Students, All FGCU Upper Division Courses to Be Offered Via Distance Learning

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University has facilitated an agreement with Edison Community College to provide a smooth transition for criminal justice students from ECC’s associate degree program into FGCU’s baccalaureate program and to allow those students to complete the baccalaureate requirements at FGCU via distance learning. Under the new agreement, students in ECC’s two-year program will be able to complete and transfer 72 credit hours to FGCU’s four-year program and will enter FGCU as juniors.

Dr. Pamela Seay, chair of the Criminal Justice Department at FGCU, worked to facilitate the partnership which provides students the opportunity to have special guidance and assistance as they continue their advanced studies at FGCU.

The agreement allows FGCU to build on Florida’s 2 +2 program, which permits students to complete all lower division (freshman and sophomore) general education requirements at a state community college and then transfer to a four-year state institution to continue their upper division (junior and senior) coursework. In addition to the provisions of the 2 + 2 program, FGCU is offering all 48 credit hours of upper division coursework for the Bachelor of Science in criminal justice via distance learning.

Dean of the College for Professional Studies, Dr. Johnny McGaha said the FGCU on-line criminal justice program is the only one in the state. “Increasing access to the program is the motivating factor behind the partnership.”

FGCU is currently facilitating another, similar articulation agreement with ECC for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in legal studies.

The criminal justice agreement is retroactive to the 2000-01 academic year and will continue through successive years. Students enrolled in the FGCU program will have access to learning resources offered by both schools, such as campus libraries, and will receive support and advising from FGCU through the Edison University Center.

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