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Cumberland County College Forms Partnership with Delaware Valley University

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Cumberland County College partners with Delaware Valley University to offer guaranteed transfer to bachelor's degree programs.

President Salomon-Fernandez and President Gallo sign partnershipDr. Maria Gallo, President of Delaware Valley University joined Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez, President of Cumberland County College, to sign an articulation agreement on Wednesday, May 3 in the Luciano Conference Center.

The agreement will provide a seamless, guaranteed transfer to Delaware Valley University’s bachelor's degree programs for Cumberland County College graduates who have completed their corresponding associate degree requirements.

“We are delighted to offer dual admissions to our students via the partnership," said Dr. Salomon-Fernandez. "It is simply exceptional.”

College credits earned through an articulation agreement provide students with additional flexibility in course selection, and allow students to earn credits that can be transferred and applied toward their degree requirements.

“We have developed a partnership that goes beyond the mere transfer of credits,” said Dr. Gallo. “This is really the first step in our relationship as we will continue to explore new ways our institutions can collaborate on a more holistic level.”

Three of Delaware Valley University's programs—Agriculture, Agribusiness and Horticulture—are the first programs of study to align, and are ready to admit Cumberland graduates for the Fall 2017 semester with third-year (junior) status. Additional degree programs are under development.

A few Cumberland County College students were ready to take advantage of the benefits of the articulation agreement before the May 3 signing took place. When DelVal representatives visited Cumberland to discuss plans, Sam DiBella overheard part of the discussion and began asking questions. He said Thomas O’Connor, Associate Director of Admission at DelVal, took time to speak with him.

DiBella speaking with O'Connor“Sam is the perfect student to take advantage of this articulation,” said O’Connor. “He fits in with the smaller school size and wants to play soccer, too.”

DiBella is set to graduate from Cumberland this month and will transfer into the agribusiness program. “I’m not into the really big school setting,” he said. “I like a tight-knit community. DelVal is also the top of the top for agriculture in the area.”

Javier Cruz is a horticulture major who plans to graduate in 2018. “I wasn’t planning to pursue a bachelor’s after completing my degree at Cumberland, but after hearing about this new opportunity, I want to take advantage,” he said. The fact that his credits will transfer seamlessly to DelVal helped change his mind.

“This agreement with Delaware Valley University provides some very exciting opportunities for Cumberland County College, our students and the agricultural community,” said Dr. Robert Clark, Cumberland’s Special Assistant to the President for Academic Projects. “Many of the leaders in South Jersey agriculture--including growers, those in support businesses, and in Cooperative Extension—are graduates of Delaware Valley. To be able to complete a DelVal baccalaureate after earning a Cumberland associate degree, for such a reasonable price, is an unbeatable combination."

Delaware Valley University offers a wide range of academic programs in three undergraduate schools, inluding: The School of Business and Humanities, The School of Life and Physical Sciences and The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. is widely known for its superior agriculture program. DelVal's main campus, located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, boasts impressive agricultural science resources including greenhouses, an arboretum, orchards and row crop fields, in addition to an equine center, apiary, dairy barns and more.

Delaware Valley University has received numerous accolades, including being named a 2017 “Best College in the Northeast” by the Princeton Review. Generous scholarship opportunities are available. Students who transfer to Delaware Valley University from Cumberland may be eligible for as much as $22,000 in merit scholarships annually.