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Partnership Between Clarke and Eastern Iowa Community College for Transfer Majors Program

By Clarke News  |  February 18, 2020

Clarke University and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) are entering into a new partnership that will provide students with a streamlined pathway to a four-year degree. The announcement was made today at the Scott Community College Urban Campus in Davenport.

“This partnership is yet another example of what is possible when our leaders in higher education share a dedication to delivering superior, post-secondary education to those in the tri-state area,” said Clarke University President, Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D.

The innovative statewide plan is designed for students wishing to pursue specific majors. The program creates individual Transfer Major Associate Degrees that lay out the precise course path students will complete at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges before continuing on to Clarke University. EICC students must meet Clarke’s admission requirements in order to transfer.

The program is designed for students to complete their Transfer Major Associate’s Degree with EICC, with the junior and senior year of the bachelor’s degree completed through Clarke in Dubuque. The articulated partnership is set to begin in the fall of 2020 and will guarantee junior status of Eastern Iowa Community College graduates in eight major fields of study at Clarke: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Early Childhood Teaching Licensure, Elementary Education, Mathematics, Psychology, and Secondary Education.

“The collaboration with EICC demonstrates Clarke’s mission and belief that learning is lifelong and life changing – regardless of whether students begin with us or transfer to us to complete their studies. I commend the hard work that EICC has done with the other Iowa community colleges, regents universities, and private colleges on the development of transfer majors. This partnership puts student success at the center of the meaningful work we do on a daily basis,” said Clarke University Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Susan Burns, Ph.D.

The program is a cost-effective way for students to complete coursework at any of the EICC campuses with the assurance of a seamless transfer to Clarke University.

“Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is committed to making higher education accessible to everyone,” said EICC Chancellor Don Doucette. “We are pleased to work with the state’s public and private colleges to provide this enhanced transfer opportunity to students.”

“The Iowa Department of Education – Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation is excited about the work that has been completed on state discipline frameworks and the community college transfer majors,” said Chris Russell, Education Program Consultant, Bureau of Community Colleges.

Clarke University also recently announced a dual enrollment transfer program with Northeast Iowa Community College. In addition to Clarke, EICC holds transfer partnerships with the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Wesleyan University, Mount Mercy University, St. Ambrose University, University of Dubuque, Upper Iowa University, and Western Illinois University.

EICC will host an information session for the new program on Thursday, February 20, at 5 p.m. at Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Community Colleges, and at the SCC Urban Campus in downtown Davenport.

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About Clarke University

Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke University is located near the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. The University believes learning is lifelong and life-changing. Our community inspires intellectual curiosity, cultural engagement, professional preparedness, spiritual exploration, and a commitment to contributing to the common good in a global society. Academic offerings include over 50 undergraduate majors and minors, 10 pre-professional programs, and six graduate degree programs.


About Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges includes ClintonMuscatine and Scott Community Colleges. Stretched along the banks of the Mississippi River, the district covers all of Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine and Scott Counties, as well as parts of Cedar and Louisa Counties.

The district regularly boasts fall enrollments of more than 7,000 students in both Associate in Arts / College Transfer programs as well as more than 30 Career Technology options.

The district also registers more than 30,000 students each year in its Business and IndustryContinuing Education and Adult Education classes. These short-term classes are specifically designed to help individuals improve a job skill, upgrade general educational skills or pursue a topic of interest.

With our wide range of locations, degree options and business training, we are proud to be THE Community’s College.