GRCC, CMU reach institutional agreement



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

Nov. 3, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College and Central Michigan University have reached an institutional agreement that provides GRCC students with a seamless path to CMU programs.

"We have a long-standing partnership with Central Michigan University," said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender. "This newest agreement strengthens those ties and provides our students with clear steps that they need to take to transfer to CMU."

The institutional agreement, effective immediately, is the first step to creating program-specific agreements with CMU. These program agreements will map out what classes students need to take at GRCC to seamlessly transfer to Central for their third and fourth years. The program agreements will appear as academic programs in the GRCC catalog and will be eligible for financial aid.

GRCC signed a similar institutional agreement with Western Michigan University on Sept. 2.

"Institutional agreements, like the one we have with CMU and WMU, save students time and money," said Provost Laurie Chesley. "They create clear and seamless pathways from the community college to the four-year institution, so our students know exactly what they need to do."

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.