Aurora University, MATC sign credit transfer agreement

Credit transfers now easier

(Published Jan. 22, 2007, 10:38 a.m.)

George Williams College (GWC) of Aurora University and Madison Area Technical College (MATC)-Madison recently signed an articulation agreement that will enable MATC recreation management students to transfer selected recreation management core courses and designated general education courses to GWC's bachelor degree program in recreation administration.

Signing the agreement in ceremonies at the GWC campus were Jim Eigenfeld, dean for the center of business and applied arts at MATC; and William Duncan, vice president and chief academic officer at GWC. Others attending the ceremony were Rita Yerkes, dean of the school of experiential leadership at GWC; Peter Vlisides, MATC-Madison recreation services program director; and David Emanuelson and Sarah Hardin, assistant professors in recreation administration at GWC.

George Williams College of Aurora University is located in Williams Bay; MATC-Madison is located in Madison.

For MATC-Madison students to transfer into GWC's program, they must present a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 overall and in credits applied to the AAS degree. Transfer students may transfer 68 credits from courses listed in the agreement.

"We are very excited to have developed this articulation agreement with the Recreation Management Program at MATC," said Yerkes in a news release. "Our faculty members look forward to working together with MATC to prepare students for this profession."

The George Williams College campus is surrounded by the resort and tourism industry around the Lake Geneva area. For students, it blends the theoretical concepts with hands-on learning in the recreation administration field, Yerkes said.

"This agreement offers our students an opportunity to continue their studies in a challenging, dynamic and exciting field while attending a well-respected institution in the heart of one of Wisconsin's busiest and most popular tourist areas located on Geneva Lake. It is absolutely a beautiful setting for learning," said Eigenfeld.

MATC offers activity/fitness leader and facility operation specialist tracks within its recreation management program. Students learn technical, problem-solving, human relations and management skills necessary for careers or advanced studies in the tourism, recreation, fitness and hospitality fields.

MATC is one of the largest of the Wisconsin Technical College System's 16 colleges. It provides "real world smart" education through a comprehensive curriculum of technical, liberal arts and science, adult basic education and life enrichment studies and activities, as well as customized employee training. The college serves all or parts of 12 counties located in south-central Wisconsin.

Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. The university is comprised of two campuses: a 27-acre campus in Aurora, Ill. and the 241-acre George Williams College on Geneva Lake in Williams Bay. Approximately 4,000 degree-seeking students are enrolled each year on the university's Illinois and Wisconsin campuses, and the university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels. The university's recreation administration program is nationally accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association.

George Williams College of Aurora University in Williams Bay, Wis., offers 12 academic programs through the school of professional studies and the school of experiential leadership, unique conference facilities, an 18-hole golf course, recreation activities and the annual Music by the Lake summer concert series.

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