Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College Sign EAP Agreement

Chapman University College Adds Another Campus to List

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 10, 2009) − Chapman University College announced that it will sign Early Advantage Partnerships (EAP) this week with Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College on Wednesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 11, respectively. These agreements will offer enhanced cooperative academic and student services for students at both community colleges.

The EAPs will provide students with access to Chapman University College’s advising services, locking in their catalog year, program evaluation, transfer credit through the use of Web Advisor and personalized advising while still attending Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College.

“Chapman University College establishes Early Advantage Partnership agreements with local community colleges to provide students with a clearly defined path to pursue their higher education by giving them direct support and counseling,” said Gary Brahm, chancellor of Chapman University College. “It’s reassuring for these students to know that the time they are investing in their coursework will be transferable to Chapman University College and that our counselors will guide them throughout the entire process.”

Transferable coursework at Irvine Valley College will be offered in the following programs: Criminal Justice, Liberal Studies-Multiple Subjects Teaching, Organizational Leadership, Psychology, Social Science, Legal Studies, Sociology and Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work.

“We are excited that Chapman University College has chosen Irvine Valley College to provide another option for our students to pursue a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Glenn Roquemore, president of Irvine Valley College. “Through the Early Advantage Partnership students will experience a smoother transition when transferring to Chapman University College.”

Irvine Valley College students are eligible to apply for the program after the official transfer agreement goes into effect between Irvine Valley College and Chapman University College in spring 2009, and after they have completed 12 transferable credits at Irvine Valley College with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 from all schools previously attended. Students transferring credits from other community colleges must attend at least one academic term/semester at Irvine Valley College. Transcripts from all previous colleges attended must be submitted with the application to verify GPA eligibility.

Transferable coursework at Saddleback College will be offered in the following programs: Criminal Justice, Computer Information Systems, Liberal Studies-Culture and Media Studies, Organizational Leadership, Psychology, Social Science, Legal Studies, Sociology and Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work.

“Saddleback College is proud to collaborate with Chapman University College in offering students additional resources to pursue their higher education in Orange County,” said Dr. Tod Burnett, president of Saddleback College. “The partnership with Chapman University College is a win-win for students and both colleges.”

Saddleback College students are eligible to apply for the program after the official transfer agreement goes into effect between Saddleback College and Chapman University College in summer 2009, and after they have completed 12 transferable credits at Saddleback College with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 from all schools previously attended. Community college students must attend at least one academic term/semester at Saddleback College. Transcripts from all previous colleges attended must be submitted with the application to verify GPA eligibility.

“Chapman University College is pleased to be working with Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College to help expand educational opportunities for students in Orange County and the surrounding community,” said Jill Parma, director of Chapman University College’s Irvine campus

About Irvine Valley College
Since 1985, IVC has been serving students and residents of the community who are looking to obtain a degree or certificate, enhance their career qualifications, or improve basic skills. IVC’s transfer rate is #1 in Orange County and #3 among all California community colleges. Our students transfer successfully not only to UC and CSU campuses but to prestigious universities across the nation. For more information on Irvine Valley College and its programs, please visit www.ivc.edu

About Saddleback College
Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu.

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About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves an average of 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. www.Brandman.edu.

For more information contact Steve Quis, director of Public Relations at squis@brandman.edu.