Genesee Teams Up with Keuka College to Provide Degree Programs at Batavia Campus

Keuka College and Genesee Community College are working together to make Keuka College degree programs available to area students at the Batavia Campus, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Barry Garigen reported to the Board of Trustees this evening.

In January 2004, Keuka hopes to begin offering classes toward two bachelor's degree programs and one master's-level program at Genesee. Bachelor's degree programs include Organizational Management and Criminal Justice Systems, and Keuka's master's program is the Master of Science in Management degree. The programs are geared toward the needs of older students who face time pressures. Classes are offered one night each week during three calendar terms (fall, spring, and summer) throughout the year. Students enroll for a full twelve credit hours, allowing them to earn the maximum possible federal and state financial aid.

Students admitted to the Keuka bachelor's program are required to have approximately 60 undergraduate credit hours (roughly equivalent to an associate's degree) and at least two years of work experience. Between six and eighteen students are admitted to the program, and progress through classes together. Most students complete the program within two years.

Bringing Keuka classes to Genesee's Batavia Campus is one more way that Genesee is broadening educational access to area residents, Professor Garigen said. "We have made great strides in recent years to accommodate people of all ages and backgrounds in college classes," he said. "Although Genesee does not offer four-year degrees or master's degrees, we are committed to collaborations with other colleges in the region to make these degrees more accessible to our graduates and to all community residents."

Professor Garigen noted that Genesee offers more than 300 transfer agreements with almost fifty different colleges and universities. But on-site degrees at Genesee make education a very real possibility for adults who face work and family pressures, and who have limited commuting ability. "Our goal is simple," Professor Garigen said. "We want to make higher education as widely accessible to area residents as we possibly can. This is one more avenue we can use to meet this goal."

Keuka College, located near Penn Yan, is a private liberal arts college.