Penn State, New Jersey college reach food science transfer agreement

November 20, 2008

Penn State’s Food Science Department has reached an articulation agreement with Gloucester County College in Deptford, N.J., that will admit students from that college to the University Park campus.

Although agreements of this kind are nothing new for Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences -- the School of Forest Resources currently holds several similar agreements -- it is the first articulation agreement of its kind for the Department of Food Science.
Gloucester County College approached Penn State to initiate an agreement, explained Stephanie Doores, professor and undergraduate program coordinator in food science. “They have been working with a number of outstanding food science departments in the Northeast, including Cornell University, Delaware Valley College and Rutgers University. Adding Penn State was a natural extension for that school and its students.”
Incoming juniors from Gloucester County College must meet a 64-credit eligibility requirement with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher to be guaranteed admittance into the Food Science program at University Park. If the requirements are met, students will be able to transfer credits from their first two years to satisfy the majority of their general education and supporting requirements before taking advanced course requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science.
It’s a win-win situation for the schools and their students, said John Floros, head of the Department of Food Science at Penn State. “The agreement will help both schools to expand their recruiting efforts and to attract talented students into the challenging and rewarding field of food science,” he said. “In turn, gifted food science students from Gloucester County College will have an opportunity to further their knowledge, degree and career interests in one of the best food science programs in the world at Penn State.” 
The transfer students will share many of the perks that students from other Penn State campuses enjoy when coming to University Park, explains Doores. They will have the opportunity to pursue a higher degree at one of the nation’s premier universities while being closer to home and familiar support structures.
"Food Science is a challenging field of study and there is a steep learning curve for many students as they begin to fulfill the requirements for their majors," she said. “We are confident that future Gloucester students will be prepared to meet the challenges of a rigorous, science-based program and that our faculty and staff are ready to advise and mentor those students to reach their fullest potential.”
Gloucester County College President Russell Davis called the articulation agreement with Penn State a wonderful opportunity for students looking to pursue a career in food science. “This new transfer partnership will provide our food science majors with an advantage over other out-of-state students (at Penn State),” he said.
The transfer agreement is funded in part by grants the New Jersey college received from the U.S. departments of Labor and Agriculture. “It’s a great partnership that will allow our students to attend a respected institution like Penn State,” said William Anderson, chief operating officer of Gloucester County College's food-science grant, “particularly since Penn State has one of the top food-science programs in the country."

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Last Updated March 19, 2009