RANDOLPH, NJ — Beginning Fall Semester 2014, residents of Morris County and the Northern New Jersey region will be able to earn baccalaureate degrees at County College of Morris (CCM) locations thanks to a partnership with Rutgers University.


About 60 deans, faculty, executive team members and trustees from the institutions attended a signing ceremony in CCM’s Student Community Center, Davidson Room A on its Randolph campus on Thursday, February 27, to celebrate the new educational alliance. The program will launch with the Rutgers University-Newark majors of psychology, journalism, criminal justice, and public and non profit administration. The institutions plan to add other majors to the agreement in the future.

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“We at County College of Morris are delighted to enter into this partnership with Rutgers,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM. “The agreement will allow us to serve Morris County and Northern New Jersey in an even greater capacity. We are happy to give the region’s residents the ability to receive Rutgers baccalaureate degrees at CCM in the initial areas, and are excited to expand into additional majors in the future.”


The partnership will allow CCM graduates, and others who hold associate degrees, to earn the degrees at CCM’s Randolph and Morristown locations. Program participants also can take courses at other Rutgers University locations, including summer and winter courses. On-site academic advising at CCM will be offered by Rutgers’ staff.


“Rutgers is pleased to be working with Dr. Edward Yaw and the administration of County College of Morris to enable their graduates and others in the surrounding region to attain their higher education goals,” said Richard Edwards, executive vice president of academic affairs at Rutgers. “Rutgers’ Off Campus Programs at CCM will give students more flexibility to balance family and work obligations while studying closer to home.”


Yaw and Edwards signed agreements at the ceremony. They, along with Dr. Dwight Smith, vice president of academic affairs at CCM, and Dr. Todd Clear, provost of Rutgers University-Newark, spoke to the group regarding the importance of the collaboration.


CCM enters into the agreement at a time when the communities it serves are experiencing both population and workforce growth, creating new educational demands and needs. The agreement gives CCM the ability to respond by offering increasing academic opportunities through its learning resources and facilities.


Rutgers has standing degree-completion partnerships with Atlantic Cape Community College, Brookdale Community College, Mercer Community College and Raritan Valley Community College. The partnership between CCM and Rutgers will expand opportunities for Northern New Jersey residents to complete a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree through Rutgers, while making CCM a more comprehensive destination for lifelong learning and professional development. Rutgers University tuition rates will apply.

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