June 16, 2023

Schoolcraft College marks 10 years of partnership with Wayne State University

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A signing ceremony took place June 15 to mark the 10-year anniversary of the relationship between the two institutions, which also included an expansion of the program aimed at assisting students transfer seamlessly.

A longtime partnership between Schoolcraft College and Wayne State University has gotten even better after a recent agreement between the two institutions of higher education.

A signing ceremony to mark the 10-year anniversary of the agreement between the two schools was held June 15 in the Jeffress Center. The event was not only a way to mark a decade of working together to help student success, but also to expand the Transfer Pathways Agreement to better maximize credit transfers.

The agreement allows students to transfer to Wayne State University into an academic program in one of six colleges and schools at the Detroit-based university after earning their associate degree. Having that agreement in place for students is a key component of the agreement between the two schools.

“We’re trying to create partnerships that make our students much more viable in the community, but they have to have flexibility,” said Schoolcraft College President Dr. Glenn Cerny. “These pathways are creating that.”

The partnership between the two schools has led to a strong bond, including bringing Wayne State University to Schoolcraft College’s campus: the university operates on the third floor of the Jeffress Center, including classrooms, study areas and more.

Having such a relationship with Schoolcraft College is also key to Wayne State University’s success, said Dr. Mark Kornbluh, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for the university.

“Every fall, Wayne State welcomes the most community college transfers of any university in the state to a four-year college,” he said. “Students who come to us from Schoolcraft are very well-prepared in their first couple of years here. And then they graduate at really impressive rates.”

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John Isbania speaks about his experience at Schoolcraft College during a signing ceremony June 15 in the Jeffress Center. Isbania will attend classes at Wayne State University in the fall, with plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree next year.

One such student that is a great example of that relationship between the two institutions is John Isbania, who began taking classes at Schoolcraft College while he was still in high school. He recently finished up taking courses at Schoolcraft College and will begin at Wayne State University in the fall, with plans to major in marketing management. He hopes to graduate with his bachelor’s degree next year.

He credits the faculty of Schoolcraft College for helping him keep on the right path academically, which led him to make the Dean’s List this past semester.

“The faculty and my professors here really made me want to take a step forward and succeed at my best,” he said. “I did not believe this was possible until the professors with me would always, anytime I had something concerning with my classes or whether I was able to get the work in, they would always be there to help me outside of class.” Registration for fall classes is currently underway at Schoolcraft College. For more information, including how to enroll, visit schoolcraft.edu.

Header Photo Caption: Representatives including Schoolcraft College President Dr. Glenn Cerny, Schoolcraft College Chief Academic Officer Stacy Whiddon, Wayne State University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Kornbluh and Wayne State University Vice President for Academic Student Affairs and Global Engagement Ahmad M. Ezzeddine participate in the signing ceremony held June 15 in the Jeffress Center.

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