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STLCC, MU Announce Articulation Agreement for Interior Design

November 07, 2011

STLCC-Mizzou officials sign an articulation agreement in interior design  
Representatives from St. Louis Community College and the University of Missouri signed an articulation agreement in interior design. Participants in the signing ceremony were, seated from left, Donna Dare, STLCC vice chancellor for academic and student affairs; and Brian Foster, MU provost; and standing, from left, George Wasson, STLCC-Meramec president; Erin LeClerc, coordinator, interior design and kitchen and bath programs at Meramec; Yvonne Johnson, dean, Humanities and Social Sciences division at Meramec; Steve Jorgensen, dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences at MU; Ruth Tofle, chair and professor, architectural studies program at MU; and Terry Barnes, MU's assistant provost for community college partnerships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Representatives from St. Louis Community College and the University of Missouri today signed an articulation agreement that will help train a more vibrant work force in the design and construction industry.

Students who complete STLCC’s Associate in Applied Science degree in Interior Design will be able to seamlessly transfer to MU to complete the Bachelor in Human Environmental Sciences degree in Architectural Studies, strengthening their credentials and prospects for employment in the very competitive design and construction marketplace.

“St. Louis Community College, as part of its commitment to accepting the College Completion Challenge, continues to explore avenues that will produce more students with quality degrees and certificates,” said Myrtle E.B. Dorsey, Ph.D., STLCC chancellor. “This articulation agreement with the University of Missouri-Columbia provides our students with a plan for how to complete a bachelor’s degree, thereby adding even more value to their associate degree. We look forward to working with our colleagues in Columbia to advance our mutual goals of student success and greater accessibility.”

“For more than 100 years, the University of Missouri has been Missouri’s land-grant and flagship university. MU is proud of its heritage and tradition of providing bachelor degrees and beyond to Missourians who need to thrive in the fast-changing technology-driven environment of the 21st century,” said Brian Foster, Ph.D., MU provost. “Our partnership with St. Louis Community College takes this tradition forward in an important way. Here we have two Missouri institutions with unique missions, taking a new approach to serving both the community college students in St. Louis and the same student who chooses to stay in the vicinity, work in the St. Louis region, but when ready, feel confident they can transfer to Columbia and earn a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies. The transfer agreement reflects our institutions’ particular opportunities to expand and strengthen options for Missourians, and enhancing the central mission of both STLCC and MU.”

The transfer agreement acknowledges both institutions’ commitment to develop an educational pipeline for differentiated professionals throughout the interior design industry, including new and remodeled residential and commercial construction business through St. Louis. It enables Missourians to take advantage of the lower tuition costs afforded by STLCC so graduates can dollar-cost-average their overall college expenses when they earn a four-year bachelor’s degree. With more and more students starting their academic careers at community colleges, transfer and articulation agreements are extremely important mechanisms that help assure seamless transition to other four-year institutions like MU.

Graduates of the Interior Design AAS degree program and MU’s Architectural Studies CIDA interior design accredited baccalaureate program are qualified for entry-level positions in residential and/or commercial interior design and related fields. Some of the careers in interior design include: residential design, commercial design, health care, hospitality, kitchen and bath, office design, architectural firms, retail stores, wholesale showrooms and lighting design. Graduates also may be employed as manufacturers’ product representatives, freelance designers or facilities planning assistants. Other MU graduates may wish to continue their education at another school to pursue the M Arch degree and become a licensed architect.