New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Ocean County College (OCC) in Toms River, N.J., have signed a joint admission agreement designed to improve student access across the two higher education institutions. The agreement will enable OCC students who are completing an associate degree to seamlessly continue their studies at NJIT toward a bachelor’s degree.
Plans are also underway for NJIT to offer upper-level engineering courses at OCC in the near future.
“It is important for us to create pathways to success and eliminate as many barriers as possible for community college transfer students,” noted NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “With this collaboration, we are expanding access and creating exciting professional opportunities for academically successful students enrolled at Ocean County College while introducing them to NJIT’s outstanding undergraduate programs. As New Jersey’s public polytechnic university, it is incumbent upon NJIT to articulate well with the STEM programs at our state’s community colleges.”
Under the terms of the agreement, students need to express an interest in pursuing an NJIT bachelor’s degree during their first academic year at OCC. Upon completion of their associate degree at OCC, students who meet the NJIT admissions requirements will be admitted to NJIT to pursue their bachelor’s degree. The two institutions will be jointly monitoring the progress of students in this program.
“Ocean County College is delighted to have entered into a joint agreement with New Jersey Institute of Technology to offer engineering and technology classes on the OCC campus. The agreement will enhance student access to outstanding NJIT STEM courses by offering them on our campus, and it will also allow students to transfer seamlessly to NJIT upon completion of the associate degree at OCC,” stated OCC President Dr. Jon H. Larson.