CARBONDALE — Rend Lake College and Southern Illinois University Carbondale have established a joint criminal justice program that will allow students to transfer smoothly to the university as juniors after completing their associate’s degrees.
The articulation agreement was approved at the RLC Board of Trustees meeting last week.
Gabriele Farner, dean of applied science and technology at RLC, said the program will appeal to students who want to reduce the number of credit hours they have to take at the four-year university to receive a bachelor of arts degree in criminology and criminal justice.
In addition to those cost savings, RLC students will save on commute time and costs for the first two years, Farner noted.
“It kind of helps with both colleges’ enrollment,” she said.
RLC students will have to complete a specific set of courses and maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher to qualify for the program. They will be awarded a bachelor’s degree at SIU once they have completed about 42 credit hours.
Farner said RLC is always looking to expand the articulation agreement with SIUC and other universities. The college already holds similar agreements for programs like history, psychology, hospitality and tourism administration, early childhood education, technical resource management, health care management, radiologic sciences, accounting, business administration and industrial maintenance and applied engineering, according to SIU Media Services.
“SIU has here lately really reached out and has been really aggressive on the articulations, so we’ve been able to get some finalized that have just kind of been hanging out there,” Farner said.
Farner said the agreement is effective immediately and that current students who meet the requirements can qualify for the program.