Salem State and North Shore Community College to bring bachelor's degree programs to Lynn
Salem State University and North Shore Community College (NSCC) announced today the implementation of a cooperative venture that allows college students to take courses toward a Salem State bachelor’s degree at the North Shore campus in Lynn.
Speaking in support of the initiative, Salem State President Patricia Maguire Meservey noted that, “It will give much broader access to bachelor’s degree upper-division programming not only to those in the City of Lynn, but to students further south and west, including those in Revere, Winthrop, Saugus, and Chelsea.”
Both institutions, she pointed out, have seen recent increases in enrollment, with up to 350 North Shore Community College students transferring to Salem State annually in pursuit of their bachelor’s degrees. By offering some of those courses in Lynn, Salem State hopes to make the academic transition both easier and more convenient. The ultimate goal is to ensure the future academic success of students from Lynn and nearby communities as they prepare to enter the work force upon completion.
The concept of co-location, or joint programming, is nothing new for the two institutions, which have long enjoyed a rich and collaborative relationship. Since the 1990s, Salem State and North Shore Community College have had articulation agreements in place to provide a seamless transfer of student credits from the latter to the former. A U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grant has NSCC, Salem State University and the North Shore Workforce Investment Board partnering to enjoy the benefits of a vibrant veterans support program.
“The opportunity to increase student success by offering Salem State University upper-division and graduate level courses in Lynn will be fully supported by NSCC, “ said NSCC President Wayne Burton, “as an integral part of the college’s ongoing commitment to the greater Lynn community.”
State Senator Thomas McGee gave his endorsement of the collaboration and stated that “Hopefully this will be the first step in a growing partnership that will create great opportunities for the City of Lynn and both institutions. This collaboration will improve access to a high-level bachelor degree program for students throughout Lynn and the surrounding communities.”
This joint venture is scheduled to be launched in January 2012 with two classes, one in sociology and one in criminal justice, to be offered through Salem State’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Both classes will be offered in the late afternoon and will be taught by Salem State professors who are leading experts in their respective fields.