WOSC-Cameron agreements expand degree options for education, ag and math majors in Southwest OK

Western Oklahoma State College and Cameron University have entered into an agreement that will enable agriculture, liberal arts and mathematics majors who earn associate degrees at WOSC to more easily work toward bachelor’s degrees at Cameron.

WOSC president Chad Wiginton (left) and CU president John McArthur sign articulation agreements that will make it easier for Western grads with associate degrees in specific fields to work toward bachelor’s degrees at Cameron.The articulation agreement was announced today by the presidents of both higher education institutions and goes into effect immediately.

“For decades, Western and Cameron have worked diligently to meet the needs of Southwest Oklahoma through higher education and have often collaborated informally,” said Chad Wiginton, President of Western Oklahoma State College. “We are pleased to announce these articulation agreements, which will allow for a seamless transfer between our two institutions and ultimately benefit our students.”

Often called “2+2 articulation agreements” because they combine the two years of lower-division study at the community college level with the two years of upper-division work at a university, these agreements allow Western students who complete associate degrees in three different educational fields to be admitted directly into Cameron. There they can work toward bachelor’s degrees without losing any college credit earned at WOSC. 

Specifically, WOSC students working toward Associate in Science degrees in Agriculture will seamlessly transfer into CU’s agriculture program after graduation. There they can work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, which offers options in agribusiness management, agronomy, animal science or general agriculture.  WOSC graduates with Associate of Arts degrees in Liberal Arts can work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at CU. Students who earn Associate in Science degrees in Mathematics and Sciences from Western can work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Cameron.  In no case will they lose any college credit earned at WOSC.

In most cases, lower division agriculture coursework at Western is identical to Cameron’s.  In situations where courses are not identical, an equivalent core course is assigned.  Hours earned by transferring WOSC graduates will count toward CU bachelor’s degrees.

“We are excited about the chance to increase educational opportunities in our part of the state in the fields of agriculture, education and mathematics,” said John McArthur, President of Cameron University. “The ag industry continues to be vital to Oklahoma’s economy, and teachers and graduates with math experience continue to be in short supply. Cameron wants to support students interested in careers in those fields.”

Both institutions agree to help students complete their degree programs in a timely manner. As part of the five-year agreement, Cameron will assign a specific advisor to WOSC graduates to help them progress through the program successfully.

“We appreciate President McArthur and his team for joining forces with Western as we all work diligently to contribute to the social and economic welfare of this great region of the state,” Wiginton noted.

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August 23, 2019