New agreement between colleges will assist transfers

In an effort to provide a smooth transition of students from one institution to the other, Tabor College and Hesston College signed two articulation agreements Friday, Feb. 8.

The agreement will be effective with the Hesston College graduating class of 2001.

Tabor is a four-year Christian liberal arts institution associated with the Mennonite Brethren, and Hesston College is a two-year college of Mennonite Church USA.

Currently, six Hesston College transfers are enrolled at Tabor. The hope is the new agreement will increase that number.

“A high percentage of our two-year graduates transfer to four-year institutions to complete a bachelor’s degree,” said Hesston College President Loren Swartzendruber. “This new agreement will enhance the transfer process and make it easier for our students to enroll in four-year programs at a quality school like Tabor College.”

The general education agreement enables Hesston College associate of arts graduates to be accepted to Tabor with a junior standing, having met all of Tabor’s lower-level general education requirements. Upper-level requirements must be met on the same basis as other Tabor students.

The intercultural awareness requirement may be met at either Hesston or Tabor. Hesston College associate of applied arts and sciences graduates, however, are not included in the agreement. Tabor will assess their records on an individual basis.

Hesston youth ministry graduates will benefit from the second agreement signed. Hesston students will be required to graduate with an associate of arts degree, having taken the Bible major in the youth ministry track. After transfering, students will then be required to take certain ministry major courses as well as a minimum of three electives.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with our sister institution in this way,” said Tabor president Larry Nikkel.

“Our deans and faculties have worked together to provide a seamless system for transfering people and credits between our two institutions. We have a great appreciation for the quality of instruction that is provided at Hesston College, and we have found that their students are a great fit for Tabor College.”

Hesston signed a similar agreement with Bethel College, North Newton, Jan. 9.

Tabor is working on another articulation agreement with an area institution, but it has not been finalized.

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