Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) has made the path to a bachelor’s degree more accessible for community college students at Merritt College of Oakland, California. The articulation agreement with Merritt College allows for the easy transfer of credits to NPU. In addition, it shortens the degree completion time for students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA).
“We welcome the opportunity to build an articulation agreement with Merritt College. We are committed to increasing accessibility and opportunities for adult learners looking to advance their careers through undergraduate education. This agreement is another step in that direction,” said Northwestern Polytechnic University President Peter Hsieh.
“The agreement with Northwestern Polytechnic University will help us expand access to high-demand career education programs for students looking to advance their education while training for a variety of technical careers,” said Dr. Steven Pantell, Merritt College’s Articulation Officer
The agreement between Northwestern Polytechnic University and Merritt College allows students the opportunity to transfer up to 60 credit hours from Merritt College towards an NPU bachelor’s degree. The acceptance of these credits is competitive and determined by standard academic criteria as outlined in the transfer policy.
“We’re confident that this agreement will be mutually beneficial for students at both institutions. Through this agreement, we hope to further our institution’s commitment to student achievement and career education,” said Dr. Hsieh.
The following degrees are included in the educational partnership between Merritt College and Northwestern Polytechnic University:
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)
“By making the path to completing a bachelor’s degree more accessible, we can help students fulfill their educational and career aspirations,” said Dr. Hsieh.
Meeting the Need for a Tech-Savvy Workforce
NPU has a long history of providing students with training for high-demand careers. For example, the University recently hosted two “Tech Days” at Merritt College designed to expose faculty and students at the community college to courses offered by NPU. During the two-day event, nearly 200 Merritt College students and faculty members visited NPU’s campus to explore potential transfer opportunities.
“NPU presented a dynamic overview of degree programs offered in our region today, including an entrepreneurship panel discussion. I look forward to working with NPU as we create more pathways for students in Oakland,” said Dr. Pantell.
Earning a high-quality degree online in a shorter amount of time is an important value proposition for adult students in today’s education environment. Northwestern Polytechnic University offers bachelor’s degrees that are innovative and flexible to fit the needs of community college transfer students from Merritt College looking to complete their bachelor’s degrees online. In addition, the University recently became the first private institution to join Oakland University’s (Michigan) innovative fully-online model called “OakTech.”
“NPU is committed to educational innovation and access, offering students new opportunities for an education they can fit into their busy lifestyles,” said Dr. Hsieh.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) emphasizes technology-based careers with specializations in software engineering, mobile computing, web development, and more. This rigorous program provides students with the foundational knowledge of computer science theory, essential skills for research, analysis, design, hands-on experience to develop technical projects, and real-world opportunities to apply knowledge and skills through internships.
“This degree program is built around the premise that students should learn computer science by doing it. It also provides students with an opportunity to develop their professional communication skills, allowing them to understand industry practices for applying technology in real-world applications,” said Dr. Hsieh.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree is designed to prepare students for the modern business world. The 21st century professional will encounter an ever-changing business landscape requiring adaptable, creative leaders and have a thorough understanding of business principles. Students in this program acquire knowledge by integrating techniques from multiple disciplines within the social sciences, including accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing.