December 23, 2010 | Adam Sorensen | Leave a comment The recent turbulent economy coupled with high unemployment rates has prompted many individuals to go back to school to earn a degree. As part of this trend, universities, colleges and education service providers across the country are beginning to team up to help students earn the credentials required to stay competitive in the workplace. For instance, Bridgepoint Education, a provider of postsecondary education services, recently announced that Ashford University has formed an articulation agreement with Sacramento City College (SCC). Through this agreement between the two schools will permit students from SCC to transfer up to 90 credits toward a bachelor's degree at Ashford University. A similar agreement was recently announced between SCC and the University of California, after the school received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. "Articulation agreements with stalwart local educators like Sacramento City College provide a direct path to four-year degrees for a broad selection of non traditional students." said Mark K. Young, director of academic partnerships at Ashford University. "We are happy that Ashford University can be the next step for Sacramento City College students." According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, nearly 5.6 million students from more than 2,500 colleges and universities in the U.S. were enrolled in a web-based class in the fall semester of 2009. Ashford University teams up with two San Diego-based schools Similarily, Ashford University has also recently announced that they have also entered into a similar agreement with two San Diego-based community colleges. This partnership will allow students to apply 90 credits previously earned college credits to the four-year university. Officials from both schools said that nearly 36,500 students in approximately 1,500 classes from Mira Costa College and San Diego City College are now able to easily transfer to Ashford University. "We are pleased to enter into articulation agreements with Mira Costa College and San Diego City College," said Young. "The two schools collectively represent a student body of 36,500. Making Ashford University's four-year programs available to those students will put full degrees within reach for many. Community college students transfer nursing credits to area university Other schools are focusing on helping students easily transfer into high-demand majors, such as nursing. For instance, many New Jersey-based community colleges have created frameworks to allow students attend Kean University. New Jersey-based community colleges have recently created frameworks to help students transfer credits into Kean University's nursing degree program "This is another example of New Jersey's community colleges coming together in a statewide way to solve a statewide challenge,'' Lawrence Nespoli, president of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. "Health care providers are in need of more nurses with bachelor of science in nursing degrees and many of our community college nursing students, past and present, want to earn this credential." Meanwhile, college officials from Ocean Community College (OCC) said that Kean University offers several bachelors and masters degree completion programs at the two-year school, which makes higher education more accessible to students. Officials from OCC noted that starting in the spring 2011 semester, students who have earned an associates degree in nursing can enroll in the nursing program. Enrollees are required to have maintained at least a 2.0 grade point average and have obtained their State of New Jersey Registered Nurse license. Participating students will need to successfully complete 125 credits to the Kean University bachelors in nursing degree. University officials said that up to 88 community college credits are eligible for transfer, which includes 31 nursing credits.