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  U-M-Dearborn and HFCC join forces
Environmental studies students will benefit from agreement

Students who complete an associate's degree in environmental studies at Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) will be able to transfer seamlessly into the bachelor's degree program in environmental studies at U-M-Dearborn, thanks to an agreement signed by the two schools last month.

"Faculty and students in environmental studies at HFCC have worked closely with the University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty over the years, and they have taken advantage of the natural areas that form part of the border between our campuses," says U-M-Dearborn Provost Robert L. Simpson. "So this agreement is a way of formalizing the links that have been created over many years between our schools."

The agreement "will give students at both of our institutions the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary atmosphere to study and solve environmental problems at the local, regional, national and international levels," says Edward Chielens, vice president and dean of academic education at HFCC.

"This partnership is another example of the strong relationship and shared missions of our schools, and of our commitment to provide the best possible educational opportunities to our students," Chielens says.

HFCC students will be able to transfer up to 62 credits, including some specialty courses as well as general education and core curriculum credits, toward the 120 needed to complete a bachelor's degree at U-M-Dearborn.

HFCC currently offers a two-year associate's degree program in pre-environmental studies, which focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problem solving, says Judy Kelly, director of the program at HFCC. "Many of my students are very interested in transferring to U-M-Dearborn, and this articulation agreement really streamlines the process," she says.

HFCC graduates will get equal consideration with other transfer applicants to U-M-Dearborn's program. If the university's enrollment results in space limitations, some spots will be reserved for HFCC students planning entry into the program.

Environmental studies long have been a major academic focus at U-M-Dearborn, and more than a third of the campus is dedicated to a natural area supporting research and educational programs.

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