Report on Cooperation Between MCC and U of I’s Engineering Program

The following shows up in the report about McHenry County College’s August Committee of the Whole meeting:

Dr. [Clinton] Gabbard reported on the Engineering Pathways Partnership with the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign; 20 applications were received for the first cohort.

Thirteen students met UIUC’s academic criteria and were admitted through the joint MCC/UIUC review process.

Seven students accepted the admissions offer and are registered at MCC for the Fall 2016 semester.

The remaining six students will pursue their education at other institutions.

In addition, the seven students not admitted into the program still chose MCC for their pre-engineering duties.

Dr. Gabbard stated that once students begin the program, they must enroll full-time at MCC, maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA in the required courses with a grade of at least B in each course, and a minimum 3.2 GPA overall to remain eligible for guaranteed admission.

Engineering Pathways students who transfer with at least a 3.8 cumulative GPA will be guaranteed a UIUC scholarship of around $3,000.

He noted that this is a great opportunity for high school students in MCC’s district to earn guaranteed admission to an undergraduate engineering program rated fifth in the nation, while saving over $30,000. in tuition and fees. Recruiting efforts for the Fall 2017 cohort are underway.


Report on Cooperation Between MCC and U of I’s Engineering Program — 3 Comments

  1. This is how you create a more affordable route/pathway into a college degree.

    By getting the gen eds done locally and then transferring into a 4-year institution.

    Oddly, I am surprised to have not seen anything on this program before this posting.

    I would have thought they would have received enough applicants to get this entire program filled and have to turn away qualified applicants.

    The lack of applicants, to me seem to indicate student’s families willing to complain of the cost of education.

    However, when an alternative is given like MCC they will skip the Community College and just go to the 4-year directly.

  2. The tuition waivers that employees and their families receive from public community colleges and universities should be reported as a line item per employee in compensation reports and posted on the college website.

    Don’t see many reports on the costs to taxpayer for such programs.

    University of Illinois for example offers a 50% tuition waiver to children of university employees.

    And a tuition waiver to children of veterans.

    And a graduate assistantship tuition waiver.

    And a senior citizen act tuition waiver.

    Some waivers are mandatory.

    Others are discretionary.

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