Two Michigan-based colleges enter transfer agreement to help business students graduate fasterOwens Community College (OCC) and Walsh College, with are located in Michigan, recently announced an articulation agreement that will enable business students to transfer from one institution to the other, The News-Messenger reports.

As part of the agreement, students who are attending OCC can seamlessly transfer 82 credits toward a business degree in management, finance or marketing at Walsh. Officials told the news source that enrollees will have approximately 45 credits to complete at Walsh to finish their degree.

"Walsh College is known internationally as a leader in business education," Renay Scott, vice president and provost of OCC, told the news source. "This partnership benefits the citizens of the region and helps to create a well-prepared workforce."

Officials added that OCC students will also have the opportunity to continue their online studies in order to earn a graduate business degree from Walsh. Furthermore, those who meet the requisite grade point average may participate in the Walsh Honors Fast Track program, which is designed to allow learners to complete two-, four-year degrees as well as a master's degree in five years.

According to U.S. News and World Report, enrollment in online programs has increased by 832 percent over the past the past nine years. 

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