May 26, 2021

UW-Superior and WITC partner to offer innovative transfer degree program

UW-Superior Chancellor Renee Wachter and WITC President John Will sign the partnership agreement at a press conference on May 26.

UW-Superior Chancellor Renee Wachter and WITC President John Will sign the partnership agreement at a press conference on May 26.

Program allows students to combine classes from WITC and UWS to earn an associate or bachelor's degree

UW-Superior and WITC have partnered to offer flexible, online University Transfer Degree – Associate to Bachelor’s programs aimed at increasing access to higher education in northwest Wisconsin. According to the Lumina Foundation, the Northern Wisconsin attainment rate is 38 percent, while the state average is 53 percent. The attainment rate is the proportion of the population aged 25-64 with an education credential beyond a high school diploma. With this new partnership, WITC and UW-Superior will work to close the attainment gap by expanding and maximizing access to postsecondary education in Northern Wisconsin.

With this unique partnership, the University Transfer Degree – Associate to Bachelor’s programs allow students to combine classes from WITC and UW-Superior to earn either an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from WITC. The collaboration allows each college to continue to do what they do best in their respective areas to provide a well-rounded experience for the student.

“The agreement builds on a long-standing and robust partnership between the institutions as together we serve the people of Northern Wisconsin and enable them to achieve their professional and personal goals,” shared UW-Superior Chancellor Renée Wachter. “The seamless ability of a student to continue on, with no lost time, helps to lower costs for students and accelerate their degree completion.” 

 “Although students will technically be attending classes between two different colleges, the admission process is student-focused and relatively seamless,” said Pam Brunclik, WITC Dean of Academic Programs. “Students work through WITC for the admissions and financial aid processes, and due to the partnership agreement parameters, no entrance exams and little or no placement exams are necessary to take classes at UW-Superior. Collaborative advisement helps students choose the best courses to complete their degree based on their chosen career path.”

WITC’s University Transfer Degree – Associate to Bachelor’s programs are designed to prepare students to enter baccalaureate programs at junior status by completing their general education requirements. Upon successful completion of either of the programs, qualified graduates are guaranteed transfer to UW-Superior, along with the option to transfer to many other universities.

“One of the most exciting parts of this agreement is that graduates are able to transfer up to 72 credits,” said Brunclik. “It will open the door to so many opportunities.”

“The WITC University Transfer Degree program provides me with the opportunity to continue my education at the university of my choosing after earning my associate degree,” said Bill Thompson, WITC student. “I plan to transfer to UW-Superior and study pre-law, then I will move on to law school.”

“This powerful partnership between two strong higher education institutions in the north ensures that students can successfully access and complete academic credentials to enhance their future employability and advanced educational options,” Dr. Maria Cuzzo, UW-Superior’s Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, further explained. “It’s a win-win for everyone and embodies the Wisconsin Idea.”

For those who seek a traditional college experience, there will still be opportunities for onsite classes. Select classes are offered on WITC main campuses in either Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake or Superior and at the outreach centers in Ladysmith, Hayward and Balsam Lake. Students in these programs have the opportunity to live in campus-provided housing in the Ashland, Rice Lake or Superior areas, and participate in campus events and student life opportunities through WITC or UW-Superior.

The first step for students to be admitted to the WITC University Transfer Degree program is to fill out a WITC application. For more information or to apply, visit www.witc.edu.

UW-Superior Chancellor Renee Wachter and WITC President John Will sign the partnership agreement at a press conference on May 26.

UW-Superior Chancellor Renee Wachter and WITC President John Will sign the partnership agreement at a press conference on May 26.

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