Michigan university, Ontario college team up on business degree
Posted: March 31st, 2014
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – Officials finalized an agreement on March 27 that lets Sault College students transfer two-year business program coursework to Lake Superior State University, where they can earn full-fledged baccalaureate degree in business administration. The two schools straddle the international border between Michigan and Ontario. From left are Sault College President Ron Common, LSSU Provost Morrie Walworth, Sault College Dean of Environment and Technology Colin Kirkwood, and David Roland Finley, Dean of LSSU's College of Business and Engineering. (Sault College/Tessa Pino)
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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Students who earn two-year business diplomas from Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., can now roll their earned credits into a business administration baccalaureate degree from Lake Superior State University. Officials from both schools signed the transfer agreement March 27 on the Sault College campus.
The agreement also lets Sault College business students earn minors in either marketing or human resources management. In addition, students looking to improve their math preparation to complete the baccalaureate degree are also eligible to take advantage of a summer bridge program.
“This is a unique opportunity for students in the twin Saults and beyond to obtain rigorous business education in both Canada and the United States,” notes David Roland Finley, Dean of LSSU's College of Business and Engineering. “The new articulation is among the best ways to expose individuals to the similarities and differences in the business culture, strategies and laws of our two nations so as to prepare learners to be leaders in global commerce.”
The agreement runs both ways: LSSU students can round out their portfolios by considering a wide selection of related coursework Sault College offers. Its School of Business includes business packages that allow a student to graduate with a business diploma and a public relations and event management post-graduate certificate in three years. Sault College also offers a business administration-professional golf management program in partnership with Toronto’s Humber College.
“Sault College is gaining a reputation for the quality of the business programs we offer,” notes Colin Kirkwood, Dean, Environment, Technology and Business at Sault College. “Part of this success is attributed to continuous improvement and enhancements to our programs. It’s exciting for us to partner with LSSU on such an innovative initiative. This partnership is attractive because it provides students with new programming pathways on an international level.”
The new business articulation agreement joins a long list of partnerships between Sault College and LSSU on programs in liberal studies, criminal justice, fitness and health promotion, natural environment/outdoor studies, and electrical engineering. Currently, 22 Sault College students are in the process of transferring to Lake State. In recent years, more than half of the criminal justice diploma grads have continued their studies at LSSU.
Contact the LSSU or Sault College admissions offices for more information and complete course transfer lists.