Ag Transfer Program Expanded

By Oli​via Maddox​ - Published May 18, 2015

The Purdue University College of Agriculture and the Vincennes University College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics have signed a transfer agreement to both continue and expand a cooperative agricultural education program that has been in place for nearly six decades.

Students in the VU-Purdue Cooperative Agriculture Transfer Program who complete an Associate of Science degree in agriculture or a related science degree at VU can move to Purdue for the final two years to complete a bachelor's degree.

Agreement provisions allow VU students to be treated the same as resident Purdue students entering their junior year in the College of Agriculture.

Marcos Fernandez, director of academic programs in agriculture at Purdue, said providing a seamless experience for students is among the many benefits. "We have an on-site coordinator at Vincennes who also advises students and a staff member at Purdue who oversees transfer students when they get here," he said. "We continue to focus on improving our transfer process in the state with colleagues like Vincennes and increasing our number of transfer students."

Charles Mansfield, Purdue's coordinator on the VU campus, said the curriculum is designed so that courses are equivalent to those at Purdue. "Students get high-quality agriculture, science and math classes at Vincennes," he said. "It's a great option for students to get through the basics."

VU also draws upon area Purdue Extension resources and the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center, which is near the Vincennes campus.

The cooperative arrangement could expand to include use of VU teaching, laboratory and residential facilities for Purdue undergraduate and graduate students in summer educational or research experiences at SWPAC.

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