Sauk Valley Community College representatives met with Western Illinois University-Quad Cities representatives on Tuesday, May 7 to sign an agreement that will allow students to concurrently enroll at both institutions to obtain a degree in recreation, park and tourism administration.
Students interested in this field will have the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in three years with a locked WIU tuition rate. Students can take courses at SVCC (at SVCC tuition rate) with one course at WIU (at WIU tuition rate) for the first two years and spend the third year finishing the bachelor’s degree at the Quad Cities campus. These “linkage programs” prepare students for upper-level classes and see a 90% retention rate as well.
“With affordability being so difficult, being able to save tuition dollars while obtaining an associate’s and bachelor’s degree is a wonderful thing,” stated Dr. George Mihel, SVCC president.
For more information on the linkage program, contact Alan Pfeifer, academic vice president at 815-835-. To learn more about WIU’s RPTA degree, visit http://www.wiu.edu/coehs/rpta/about.php.