The presidents of the Cape's two colleges, the established Cape Cod Community College and the newly arrived Bridgewater State University signed a pact last week promising to work together to expand and advance higher education on Cape Cod.
CCCC President John Cox and BSU President Dana Mohler-Faria broke bread at Aberto's Ristorante in Hyannis and pledged the two schools would work together, not against each other.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) states that both institutions will "work collaboratively on a proactive strategy of cooperation to produce substantial increases in access to public higher education and degree completion at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels on Cape," according to a release from BSU.
Per the agreement, CCCC will not invite new baccalaureate providers to its campus to offer upper-level higher education programs unless BSU declines or is unable to deliver the requested programs or courses within 6-months. In turn, BSU will not offer associate's degrees nor seek any other provider on Cape unless CCCC declines or is unable to deliver the requested programs or courses within 6-months.
Last week BSU announced the appointment of former CCCC staff member Jennifer H. True as their Cape Cod director. True will be heading up operations in the BSC Yarmouth campus come January 2015 when the school's first on-Cape semester begins.
In addition to announcing the appointment of their new Cape director, BSU announced a "two-plus-two" program for CCCC's early education graduates. "We are looking forward to building opportunities for more two-plus-two programs," said President Cox.
The MOU will be in effect for three years at which time the two schools will update and renew the agreement, the release said.
As part of their partnership, BSU and CCCC will create an advisory board consisting of college representatives and regional and economic leaders.