EICC and Purdue University Global Join Forces to Create New Higher Education Partnership



Purdue University Global LogoEastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) and Purdue University Global today announced an innovative partnership to help students more easily and affordably transfer to several of Purdue Global’s bachelor’s degree programs.

With the new partnership, students who earn their associate’s degrees at EICC can apply these credits toward one of seven bachelor’s degree programs at Purdue Global, creating a faster pathway to graduation – and the workforce. Administered online, the flexible format allows students to customize their educational experience and access high-quality education regardless of their location. Additionally, EICC graduates attending Purdue Global will be eligible for tuition reduction.

Programs currently offered include: Accounting, Business Administration, Health Information Management, Early Childhood Administration, Criminal Justice, Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration, and Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis.

EICC is already a leader in online education, offering associate’s in arts degrees and several career programs entirely online through the Iowa Community College Consortium.

EICC Chancellor Don Doucette and Dr. David Barnes shaking hands after signing artiuculation agreementAt today’s signing, held at Scott Community College’s Urban Campus, Don Doucette, Chancellor of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges said: “Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is committed to making a quality higher education accessible to everyone. We are pleased to work with Purdue Global to provide our students with expanded opportunities to continue their education past the associate degree level.”

Dr. David Starnes, Chief Academic Officer, Purdue University Global, said: “Our partnership with EICC allows students to put their new skills and competencies to work in the community and the workforce faster, while pursuing a highly personalized bachelor’s degree program at Purdue Global.” He noted that more than eight-of-10 Purdue Global undergraduate students have some prior post-secondary education experience before enrolling.

The new agreement also includes a “reverse transfer" option for eligible former students who did not complete their associate's degrees while at EICC. This partnership allows these students to receive their associate's degrees from EICC while simultaneously pursuing their bachelor's degrees at Purdue Global.

Purdue Global officials said the new partnership opens the door to offering other degree programs through the university for EICC students.

Purdue Global has five Iowa locations (Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines and Mason City) where students can receive support, as well as online student support services.