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MCC, Donnelly College launch new pathway to bachelor's degree

March 1, 2021
By Mary Beth Hope

MCC and Donnelly College
MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty (from left) and Donnelly College President Stuart Swetland and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Lisa Stoothoff take part in a signing ceremony Feb. 25 at Donnelly.

Metropolitan Community College and Donnelly College signed an agreement Feb. 25 launching an Associate to Bachelor's Completion (ABC) program.

The brief ceremony at Donnelly's new academic building, 608 N. 18th Street, Kansas City, Kansas, included a few college leaders attending in-person, with others watching on Facebook Live.

The ABC program will enable students to transfer seamlessly between MCC and Donnelly to obtain a bachelor's degree in as few credit hours as possible.

"Any time we can make the transfer to a four-year school easier, it translates to cost savings for students," MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty says. "Donnelly's commitment to serving diverse populations and addressing the needs of the community in a targeted way resonates with MCC's mission, so this partnership just makes great sense."

The ABC program is designed to allow students to reduce their cost of education while completing a high-quality, flexible bachelor's degree. Beyond being a transfer agreement between the two colleges, the partnership will serve as the foundation of a joint commitment to serve higher education needs in the region.

"I know Donnelly and MCC will accomplish even greater things when we work more closely together,"Donnelly President Stuart Swetland says. "But the real winners here are our students and our community. When we make higher education more accessible, that's when we make a real impact for our community."

Through the ABC program, a student earning an associate in applied science, associate in arts, Associate in general studies or associate in science degree from MCC will have their degree accepted in its entirety toward a bachelor's degree at Donnelly. Students can remain at Donnelly or return to MCC to complete other degree requirements if needed.

MCC students who transfer to Donnelly College without first earning an associate degree will be able to transfer any 100-level and above courses in which they earned a grade of at least C-, up to 79 credit hours.