SIUC Partners With Local Colleges to Increase Access for Students

SIUC Partners With Local Colleges to Increase Access for Students

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale strengthened its commitment to students with agreements to provide an SIU education to qualified place-bound students who attend Kaskaskia College and Rend Lake College.

SIU Chancellor Austin A. Lane today (March 23) signed agreements with Kaskaskia College and Rend Lake College to participate in the Saluki Step Ahead Program.

Following graduation with an associate degree from either community college, students can complete their SIU bachelor’s degrees online and at a lower cost in six academic programs: accounting, business administration, criminology and criminal justice, health care management, psychology and radiologic sciences.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Rend Lake and Kaskaskia colleges to provide another option for place-bound students in this region,” Lane said. “If these students cannot come to Carbondale to complete their education, we will bring the experience and resources of a doctoral research university to them. This agreement fits well with our strategic plan, Imagine 2030, and its pillars that address partnerships and student success.”

These new agreements will bring SIU Carbondale to a total of 16 Saluki Step Ahead pacts that the university has with community colleges in Illinois and Missouri, with more anticipated this spring. SIU signed agreements with Illinois Central College and Waubonsee Community College on March 22.

Students in the program pay the community college rate for their first two years. In the third and fourth years, they receive an annual $4,000 scholarship. The goal is to allow them to earn their degree for $25,000 or less. For more about Saluki Step Ahead, read last fall’s press release.

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