April 10, 2013
Strengthening a bond that has benefited both institutions for
several years, administrators from St. John’s University and Nassau Community College (NCC)
signed a new articulation agreement on April 5 featuring a special
discount and other benefits for transfer students seeking a
"Today, we celebrate the similarities that exist between our two
institutions, more so than the differences," Robert Mangione,
Ed.D, R.Ph., Provost of St. John's, said during the ceremony at
the University’s Queens, NY,
campus. "When you look at the great students from Nassau Community
College and our students, they're the same. They come from families
that work very hard—families that invest in their children."
"Collectively,” he added, “we have a wonderful opportunity to
transform their lives, and that's quite a gift we've been given.
It's so great to have partners like you to share this journey."
"The importance of such an agreement,” said Martha K.
Hirst, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at
St. John’s, “is that we extend the opportunity St. John's provides
to students who perhaps didn't find us in the first instance, or
who have had a really affordable opportunity for their first two
years, and can now enjoy a combination of the financial support and
rich academic life we offer."
As a highlight of the agreement, students transferring to St.
John's who have earned an associate degree from NCC will receive a
40% tuition discount. Those wishing to transfer without an
associate degree are eligible for merit-based scholarships ranging
from $7,000–$15,000 a year, based on academic performance. This is
one of nearly 20 articulation
agreements St. John’s has forged with accredited two-year
colleges on the East Coast and in Bermuda.
The affiliation agreement is open to all those who attend NCC
and are then eligible for admission to St. John’s University.
K. Saunders, Ph.D., Acting President of NCC, attended the
ceremony and echoed the sentiments of his St. John’s counterparts.
"We are so pleased to be joining with St. John's in this
agreement. By facilitating their transfer to St. John's, it
will enable our students to build upon the top quality education
that NCC offers as they seek to advance their educational goals and
their career development."
He added, "We are very clear in terms of the reputation of St.
John's. A number of our faculty members are graduates of St.
John's, and there's a long history between us."
"Rather than the beginning of a new relationship, we're putting
the stamp of approval on an existing relationship," Dr. Mangione
said. "We're absolutely delighted and honored to be embraced by
your family, and I hope you know we're embracing you into the St.