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Unique Partnership with Community College Brings Popular Degree to a Broader Audience

CHICAGO, November 14, 2007 – Loyola University Chicago and its School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) have announced a strategic partnership with Harper College that will allow the SCPS to offer its Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Management degree completion program at Harper’s Northeast Center in Prospect Heights, Illinois.

The BA in Management degree offered by Loyola’s SCPS, an accelerated program designed for working adults, exposes students to a well-rounded undergraduate program that prepares managers to excel in today’s complex workplace. Through this partnership, the popular degree will be available to graduates of Harper College’s “Adult Fast Track” Associate in Applied Science Management program, graduates of other Harper College programs, including those who have obtained associate degrees in business or marketing, and graduates from other area community colleges.

“This program will make it possible for adult students living in the northwest suburbs to obtain a Loyola degree in their own backyard,” said Jeffrey Rosen, dean of Loyola’s SCPS. “Students will be able to continue their education beyond Harper’s two-year program, and by completing their bachelor’s degree with Loyola, they will receive a well-rounded degree rooted in the humanities, along with the management skills they need to advance their career, pursue a new profession, or become involved in graduate study.”

The Loyola/Harper partnership has also garnered interest from educational organizations around the state, including the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). “I am very pleased to see this agreement between Loyola and Harper come to fruition,” said Judy Erwin, executive director of the IBHE. “This is a wonderful example of how a partnership can assist people in obtaining a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution after receiving an associate’s degree from a community college.”

Loyola’s program will feature an evening cohort schedule similar to that of Harper’s existing Fast Track program, making it an attractive option to working professionals in the area. The entire program will be offered at Harper’s Northeast Center facility at 1375 S. Wolf Road in Prospect Heights, meaning no travel to Loyola’s downtown Water Tower Campus is necessary. Classes will be held in the evenings, from 6-10 p.m., and each course is taught in an eight-week session. Class offerings will begin in June 2008, and Loyola will offer five convenient starting points throughout the year: August, October, January, March, and June.

“We are pleased to partner with Loyola University Chicago, one of the premier private universities in the Chicago area,” said Phil Burdick, VP for Media and Government Relations at Harper College. “This innovative partnership offers our Fast Track students a seamless way to obtain a bachelor’s degree conveniently, and close to home.”

The program’s first information session will take place on Wednesday, November 28, at the Harper Northeast Center facility from 5:30-7 p.m. Individual appointments can be arranged by calling 312-915-6501 or e-mailing scps@luc.edu. More information on the degree completion program is available at LUC.edu/scps/mgmtodlnec_curriculum.shtml.

About Loyola University Chicago School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Launched in spring 2006, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) at Loyola University Chicago continues a long tradition of unwavering support for working adults who wish to advance their education, starting with the School of Sociology (1914-1927) founded by Frederic Siedenburg, S.J.; Downtown College (1927-1936); University College (1936-1991); Mundelein College (1991-2003); and the School of Professional Studies (2003-2006). The School of Continuing and Professional Studies follows in the Jesuit educational tradition by providing application-oriented programs and certificates that prepare working professionals for today’s dynamic workplace. Courses are offered in an accelerated, eight-week evening format with the opportunity to earn up to 30 credit hours per academic year. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu/scps.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.

About Harper College
Established in 1967, Harper College serves 23 communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago by conveniently delivering innovative educational opportunities to more than 25,000 students, 517,000 community residents, and 30,000 local businesses and organizations. Harper College offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career training, and life enrichment opportunities. For more information, visit www.harpercollege.edu or call 847-925-6000.



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