Paul Smith’s College and SUNY Adirondack have signed a dual admissions agreement, making it easier for students in the Southeastern Adirondacks to earn a bachelor’s degree in recreation or hospitality.
Students who opt into the program will simultaneously enroll in both colleges. Upon completion of their associate degree from SUNY Adirondack, they can transfer into one of two bachelor’s degree programs at Paul Smith’s: hotel, resort and tourism management or recreation, adventure education and leisure management.
“This agreement makes the students’ transition into Paul Smith’s straightforward and simple,” said Christie Casey, Paul Smith’s Accelerated Continuing Education program manager in a statement to the press. “It should feel seamless.”
Hospitality students can choose to pursue their bachelor’s degree in residency at Paul Smith’s College or the SUNY Adirondack campus through the continuing education program, known as ACE. Students in the recreation program, however, must finish their bachelor’s in residency at Paul Smith’s.
Students who take part in the dual admissions program are expected to save money by studying at the community college during their first two years.
“This agreement benefits the entire region,” said John W. Mills, president of Paul Smith’s College. “It makes things easier for the student, and it qualifies many more of them for the regional workforce. It’s a win win.”
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