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Roosevelt and Waubonsee Announce Innovative Degree Completion Program

Man and woman shake hands with Roosevelt University banner in background and Waubonsee Community College table in foreground.
Roosevelt University President Chuck Middleton and Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek finalized the dual-degree partnership with a handshake and formal signing ceremony on March 12.

The long-standing academic partnership between Roosevelt University and Waubonsee Community College was made even closer on Tuesday, March 12 with the signing of a new Dual Degree Program (DDP) agreement that includes 13 degree articulations. 

During a ceremony at Waubonsee, Roosevelt President Chuck Middleton said that the agreements “provide a pathway for full-time students to earn in four years quality, accessible and affordable associate and bachelor’s degrees close to home.” 

Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek said that the Dual Degree Program positively contributes to the progress toward state and national degree completion initiatives. 

“A perfect example of the collaborative effort needed to meet the challenge of Complete College America, this partnership allows students to complete their associate degrees at Waubonsee and then experience a smooth transfer to Roosevelt University to earn their bachelor’s degrees,” Dr. Sobek said. “The end result is a better educated workforce with higher earning potential and career options, benefiting the entire region.” 

Academic degrees that are part of the Dual Degree Program include economics, criminal justice, business, psychology and general studies. 

After completing their associate degrees at Waubonsee, students in the Dual Degree Program will be guaranteed acceptance to Roosevelt and will transfer seamlessly to complete their bachelor’s degree. 

There are also financial advantages to the program. DDP students receive a Roosevelt tuition discount based on their Waubonsee GPA when they matriculate to Roosevelt. In addition, high achieving Waubonsee students are eligible to compete for special $15,000 and $12,500 per year Roosevelt scholarships and $1,000 awards. 

“Advising is an important part of this agreement,” said Douglas Knerr, Roosevelt’s Schaumburg Campus Provost. “Roosevelt will provide DDP students with advisors who, in collaboration with their Waubonsee counselors, will help students develop and follow four-year academic plans to ensure that none of their credits are lost when they transfer.” Once students select their intended Roosevelt major, their degree requirements will be locked in for three years. 

Kelli Sinclair, Dean for Counseling and Student Support at Waubonsee, said that the best time for students to apply for the Dual Degree Program is during their second semester at Waubonsee.  “Students must be attending Waubonsee full-time and have completed between 12 and 30 credit hours to be eligible to apply for the program.” 

Sinclair said, “Studies show that students who complete an associate degree before transferring are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree and they do so in a shorter period of time.” 

Students interested in the DDP should contact Waubonsee's Counseling Department