WSU agrees to provide gen ed courses to WATC

9:00:35 AM CDT - Friday, October 22, 2004

WSU has signed an agreement with the Wichita Area Technical College to provide WATC students with general education courses to earn an associate of applied science degree. The agreement was officially signed earlier this month by WSU president Don Beggs and WATC president Camille Kluge.

Eleven courses, including English composition, public speaking and introductory courses into math, natural and social sciences, are covered under the agreement. WSU faculty will teach the courses at WSU or at two of WATC's campuses (324 N. Emporia and 301 S. Grove). WATC enrollments will determine whether the classes are taught on the WATC campus, according to Jennifer Yuza, a WATC spokeswoman. Students will enroll at WSU, and WATC students will pay the same tuition and fees as WSU students.

Technical colleges cannot offer gen ed courses, so students, who need those courses to earn their associate's degree, have enrolled at community colleges or other universities and have had those credits transferred to WATC, according to Yuza. "This will make it easier," for them to obtain those gen ed credits, she said. WATC will post WSU-taught gen ed courses on a student's WATC transcript when the class is completed.

"The partnership with WSU is a tremendous asset for our students," Kluge said. "These focused general education classes will enhance the skills needed to achieve the expectations of business and industry."

Some WATC students are already enrolled in gen ed courses this fall semester.
Compiled by Amy Geiszler-Jones

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