MACHIAS, Maine — The Presidents of the University of Maine at Machias and Washington County Community College signed a landmark agreement Thursday afternoon which will insure that WCCC graduates, once they have achieved their associate degrees, are guaranteed admission to UMM with no fees.
Entitled “Pathway to the Future, Assured Admission Program,” the agreement recognizes the compatibility of programs at both schools and allows for the admission and transfer of qualified students, which are students with a grade of C or higher in each course that applies to their major. All students coming from WCCC must also meet UMM’s standards of conduct. In addition, UMM will provide each student with advising and other support services.
UMM President Sue Huseman explained that the program will have a pathway approved by both faculty and staff at both schools. “The pathways shall be seamless, with no duplication of coursework from years one and two to three and four,” she said. The agreement will be updated at least every two years.
At a recent meeting of the Machias Rotary, Huseman received applause when she announced the collaboration. Cassidy said he has seen broad support for the agreement.
“We see this as a wonderful way to support students’ aspirations and to facilitate their transition from an associates to a baccalaureate degree” said President Huseman
For qualifying students,any applications and application fee requirements will be waived. for all PTF students who express the intent to transfer to the University upon successful completion of all PTF and program specific requirements.
Huseman and Cassidy said that both UMM and WCCC have agreed to designate a PTF coordinator and academic advisor. Leaders of the PTF program from both schools will meet annually in October to assess or revise the agreement.