New Agreement Enables RVCC Grads to Enter Teaching Track at Drew

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
students walking on Drew campus

Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg and Drew University in Madison have entered into an innovative new agreement that provides financial incentives for RVCC graduates to earn a Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Teaching at Drew.

“The new transfer agreement with Drew University offers an incredible opportunity for RVCC students who are tomorrow’s teachers to pursue both an undergraduate and graduate degree at a prestigious university. As an added benefit, Drew is offering substantial scholarships to our graduates to help them afford the cost of their education,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough.

The agreement will enable students who receive an Associate Degree from RVCC to seamlessly transfer into the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching track at Drew. Students must fulfill certain requirements, including being accepted into both the BA and MAT programs and maintaining a requisite grade point average.

“Drew is re-invigorating our education program with an MAT degree that will prepare the next generation of teachers for the challenges of the 2020s and beyond,” said Robert Massa, Drew University’s Senior Vice President of Enrollment and Institutional Planning. "What better partner for us than one of the top community colleges in the nation? We are excited to work with RVCC to provide a seamless transfer of their education students into our BA/MAT track.”

RVCC graduates transferring to Drew may be eligible for annual academic scholarships, ranging from $12,000 to $20,000, depending on their grade point average and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher will receive a $20,000 annual undergraduate Asbury Scholarship from Drew. Admitted students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will receive a $15,000 undergraduate Presidential Scholarship. An undergraduate Dean’s Scholarship of $12,000 will be awarded to students achieving a 3.25 GPA or higher. Students who are Phi Theta Kappa members will receive an additional $2,500 annual undergraduate scholarship. After receiving their BA from Drew, RVCC graduates also will receive a 35 percent tuition scholarship toward the MAT program at Drew.

According to the agreement, once students are approved for the BA/MAT track at Drew, they may be eligible to take up to four courses in the MAT program that would count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

For information about Drew’s MAT program, visit http://www.drew.edu/caspersen/teacher-education/master-of-arts-in-teaching/. For additional information about the new agreement, contact Paul Michaud, RVCC’s Director of Transfer & Career Services, at 908-526-1200, ext. 8333.

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and 145 full-time faculty members, 294 percent of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College confers BA degrees in more than 30 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine winner and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Engagement, as well as New York City Semesters focusing on Wall Street, the United Nations, Contemporary Art, Theatre, Social Entrepreneurship and Communications and Media and several international semester programs. Drew also houses the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the county’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 7, 2018

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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