Thomas Edison State University recently announced that students who graduate from any New Jersey community college will be guaranteed admission to Thomas Edison to pursue a bachelor’s degree, and the university will waive the application fee. TESU further announced the expansion of the university’s statewide TESU/NJ 3+1 Pathways Program to include more than 50 programs of study.
This latest announcement builds on Thomas Edison’s commitment to work with the state’s community colleges to remove hurdles, reduce costs and streamline access to higher education credentials for New Jersey students.
“Thomas Edison State University has decades of success working with adult learners to help close the gap between the needs of employers and the skills of employees,” said Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, president. “TESU is again providing solutions for the priorities of New Jersey. As outlined in the Jobs NJ plan, the governor is seeking to increase degree attainment for adults and with this announcement today, TESU is providing another pathway to achieve that important goal,” she continued.
Through the innovative 3+1 program, students can remain at their community college for an additional 30 credits beyond the associate degree and pay for those credits at the community college rate. All community college degrees, including AA, AS and AAS will be accepted for transfer.
A strong TESU-N.J. community college partnership aligns with the goals of the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education to enhance degree completion across all populations and fulfill the state goal of 65 percent degree attainment by 2025, with the added benefit of keeping students in New Jersey.
“By partnering with New Jersey’s community colleges, we are supporting New Jersey’s families by making college more affordable while offering the education needed to obtain better jobs and economic prosperity across industries throughout the state,” said Hancock. To learn more, go to www.tesu.edu/3plus1
Established in 1972, Thomas Edison State University provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate education for self-directed adults through flexible, high-quality collegiate learning and assessment opportunities. The University’s Corporate Choice® program, administered by the Office of Strategic Partnerships, focuses on developing partnerships that enable organizations to cultivate their human capital and enhance staff growth, recruitment and retention programs. The office is currently working with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) to offer the employees of NJBIA member organizations the opportunity to receive a tuition reduction through NJBIA’s Member to Member Educational Program.