Owens, BGSU create transfer student partnerships

This partnership plans to take effect for students beginning the fall of 2015.

Owens Community College and Bowling Green State University are working together to make higher education more accessible amid the rising costs for students and institutions.

Officials from the institutions signed a letter of agreement Tuesday, which proposes plans to make student transfers easier. The proposal would outline degree pathways and share students' enrollment information.

Students who plan to transfer to BGSU would also live on BGSUâ??s Bowling Green campus while taking OCC courses. BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said the university plans to increase degree completion rates.

â??We already have transfer agreements in place, but we can do a better job of making it making it more seamless,â?? Mazey said. â??We want to give students a clearly-defined and smooth path to a BGSU bachelorâ??s degree on their first day at Owens.â??

According to OCC President Michael Bower, he said colleges and universities in northwest Ohio can benefit financially at time of dwindling public funding. â??Students already have the opportunity to substantially reduce the cost of their college education by completing an associate degree at Owens and moving on to BGSU to earn a bachelorâ??s degree,â?? Bower said. â??This partnership will expand and improve those pathways for our students.â??

This partnership plans to take effect for students beginning the fall of 2015.