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Session Track: Emerging and Future Educational Technology Ronald Hughes/Macomb Community College Steve Shablin/Oakland University M20: A Seamless Transition to Remove Educational Barriers and Serve Students Macomb County Facts & Figures

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session track emerging and future educational technology

Session Track: Emerging and Future Educational Technology

Ronald Hughes/Macomb Community College

Steve Shablin/Oakland University

M20: A Seamless Transition to Remove Educational Barriers and Serve Students


Macomb County

Facts & Figures

  • Only county of the 75 largest in the U.S. without a bachelor degree granting institution within its border
  • Only 17.6 percent of adults age 25 or above have completed four or more years of college
  • Permanent disappearance of many high-paying manufacturing jobs that had provided county residents with comfortable standard of living
  • Home to a thriving community college with an estimated fall ’09 headcount of 24,300 students taking an estimated 226,000 credit hours

Macomb Community College

Established in 1954 as South Macomb Community College

Became a county wide community college following voter approval of a one-mill tax levy in 1962

Macomb ranks nationally in the top two percent in the number of associate's degrees awarded and as the largest grantor of associate's degrees in Michigan


Macomb Community College

Fall ’09 enrollment is 24,300 credit students with over 226,000 credit hours

Offers 200 different degree and certificate programs

Multi campus system

Nationally accredited by HLC since 1970

Three out of four college-bound seniors residing in Macomb County will attend Macomb Community College within five years of their high school graduation.


Macomb University Center


  • Fiscal constraints and other factors prevented the creation of another state supported university in Macomb County during 1980’s
  • Legal and financial implications prevented MCC from evolving into a four year college
  • MCC knew the county, its residents and their needs better than any other entity that might conceivably undertake that endeavor

Macomb University Center


  • MCC had a historic role as the sole provider of post secondary education in the county
  • MCC could ensure that senior institutions offering bachelor degree completion programs would do so in a coordinated fashion
  • Local pride in and support of MCC made it the most logical entity to solicit taxpayer support for this effort

Developing the

Bachelor’s Degree Partnership

  • Partners would not offer lower division courses
  • Partners would eventually eliminate their extension center offerings in Macomb County and transfer those courses/programs to the Macomb site
  • Partners would offer all of the upper division courses necessary to complete a bachelor’s degree at the Macomb site
  • Partners would acknowledge that the associate degree would serve as the primary foundation for bachelor’s programs offered at the Macomb site

Developing the

Bachelor’s Degree Partnership

  • Partners would consider graduate level offerings
  • Partners would be willing to sign an agreement signifying their commitment to the partnership
  • Partners would retain complete control over the academic elements of their programs
  • MCC would provide facilities, equipment and key support staff

The Partners

  • Oakland University *
  • Central Michigan University *
  • Walsh College *
  • University of Detroit Mercy *
  • University of Michigan
  • Ferris State University
  • Rochester College
  • Lawrence Technological University

Oakland University

Founded in 1957

Initially Named Michigan State University-Oakland

Changed to Oakland University in 1963

Granted autonomy in 1970

50th Anniversary in 2007


Oakland University

One of the 15 MI public universities

Located in the city of Rochester, Oakland County

Fall 2009 Headcount—18,920

45% of students from Oakland County

30% of students from Macomb County

127 baccalaureate degree programs

99 graduate degree and certificate programs

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Golden Grizzlies


The Programs

Oakland University at Macomb

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

The Programs

Oakland University at Macomb

  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Reading & Language Arts
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Business Administration (Weekend Courses)
  • Master of Training and Development
  • Master of Education in Educational Studies
  • Master of Science in Nursing: RN to MSN track
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education

Current Status of Michigan Economy

50th in Personal Income Growth

49th in Unemployment Rate

50th in Employment Growth

50th in Index of Economic Momentum (population, personal income and employment)


Governor’s Executive Order

of June 2004

Cherry Commission on Higher Education

Improve High School Preparation

Expand Postsecondary Participation

Increase Degree Completion

Maximize Economic Benefits


Policy Recommendations / Three Goals

Double the percentage of residents who attain postsecondary degrees or other credentials that link them to success in Michigan’s new economy.

Improve the alignment of Michigan’s institutions of higher education with emerging employment opportunities.

Build a dynamic workforce of employees who have the talents and skills needed for success in the 21st century.

why is an associate s degree important for transfer
Why is an Associate’s Degree Important for Transfer?

Students who transfer with an associate’s degree – 43% complete Bachelor’s Degree in four years.

Students who transfer without an associate degree – 17% complete Bachelor’s Degree in four years

Source:National Center for Educational Statistics, 1997


Oakland University Expands at Macomb Community College

Announcement at special presentation on August 30, 2005, at the University Center

Oakland University expands its presence at the University Center at MCC – dubbed OU at Macomb – where students will be able to “dual enroll” at MCC and Oakland University

“Dual Enrollment makes it easier to get a bachelor’s degree in Macomb County” – OU President Gary D. Russi

Our students in Macomb County and our future work force will be better for it” – Michigan Lt. Governor John Cherry


Next Logical Step – M2O

The purpose of the Dual Enrollment/Dual Degree program is to increase the number of students who successfully complete both an Associate’s degree and a Baccalaureate degree. This goal is accomplished by allowing students to simultaneously earn credits toward both an associate’s degree and a baccalaureate degree, rather than requiring students to enroll separately for an associate’s degree, and then transfer their earned credits toward a baccalaureate degree. How did we get here from there?


M2O Implementation

Steering Committee and Implementation Team

Memo of Understanding MCC and OU

Communication Plan

Admissions Application On-Line and Processes Defined

Financial Aid Consortium Agreement

Advising, Orientation and Program Guides

Course Data Exchange (EDI) in progress

Registration and Records

Resources and Budget


Target Fall 2006

Fall 2006-first term of implementation

Goal to enroll 100 new students

Question of the hour – “Were there any show stoppers?”

Answer of the day – “We may not have all the sophisticated pieces in place but we can make this program work.”


M2O Students - Fall 2006

53 Students Applied

40 Students Admitted

36 Students Enrolled

12 Students Enrolled in OU classes only

14 Students Enrolled in Macomb classes only

10 Students Enrolled at both OU and Macomb

26 Financial Aid Students


M2O Students - Fall 2009

Number of M2O students—531

Number of M2O students in OU classes ONLY--240

Total number M2O students in Macomb classes ONLY--176

Total number M2O students in BOTH OU and Macomb classes--115

Financial Aid students--149


M2O Highlights

Vital component of the OU at Macomb initiative

MI first formalized concurrent enrollment program

Joint admission through one online application

Coordinated financial aid with OU as the home institution

Expanded course selection

Enhanced advising and course planning

Access to the on-campus resources at both institutions

Timely completion of associate and bachelor’s degree


M2O Initiatives

Enhanced Technology for Student Service

M20 Presentations at all Macomb Events

Increase the Number of Students Enrolled in M2O

OU and Macomb seen as the MI Concurrent Enrollment Experts-Spread the Word

Expansion of the Concurrent Enrollment partnerships


Implementing a Degree Partnership: Tips

  • Schedule a kick-off meeting
    • Have degree partnership experts attend the meeting and offer words of advice
    • All representatives from both institutions should be invited
    • Provide an opportunity for discussion among the partners
    • Have food at the meeting
    • Degree partnership has to be identified as a priority
  • Create a Steering Committee
    • Members should be the senior managers from both institutions who have the authority to make decisions
    • Examples: Vice President, Student Affairs, Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, Assistant Vice President, Finance and Administration, Vice President, Marketing

Implementing a Degree Partnership: Tips

  • Create an Enrollment Implementation Team
    • Members should include the following offices:
      • Financial Aid, Enrollment Services, Undergraduate Admissions, University Technology Services, Registrar, Student Business Services, Advising, Marketing, New Student Programs/Orientation,
    • Identify a chair from each partner
  • Create Team Subgroups to deal with specific issues
    • Marketing Team
    • Admissions/Records Team
    • Financial Aid and Scholarships Team
    • Advising/Orientation Team
    • Student Business Services Team

Implementing a Degree Partnership: Tips

  • Create a forum where subgroups can provide updates to the

implementation team

    • Create a listserve
    • Meet on a regular basis at each institution
  • Create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
    • Circulate to other key administrators for input
    • Signing ceremony
  • Anticipate program start up costs
    • Identify technology needs and determine how these will be shared
    • Create a budget

Implementing a Degree Partnership: Tips

  • Involve faculty from both schools for course/curriculum development
  • Involve parents, high school counselors in the degree partnership
  • Create target goal
    • Plan big, implement small
  • Schedule a term implementation date
  • Team subgroups should meet on a regular basis
  • Create ongoing target goals

Presenter Information

Ronald Hughes

Steve Shablin/

“Partners Together in M2O”

Special thanks to Dr. James Jacobs, President, Macomb Community College and former Director, Center for Workforce Development and Policy at Columbia University for his data on status of State of Michigan and a special thanks to our colleagues at Macomb Community College and Oakland University who are working to make M2O work.

First year, transfer and current students are eligible for the M2O program. International students, athletes, direct admit nursing students, and those students who hold over 32 credit hours are not eligible for the M2O program.

M2O Top Questions

Who is eligible for the M2O program?

First year students (first time in ANY college)

Apply as a M2O student through Macomb 2 Oakland Website Send official high school transcripts and ACT scores to Oakland University Office of Admissions. Students must meet all Oakland University academic requirements to gain admission to the M2O program.

M2O Top Questions

How can I become a student in the M2O program?

Transfer Students

Transfer students with less than 32 credits and a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average may consider the M2O program. Interested transfer students should first meet with an Oakland University representative from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the OU at Macomb office housed on Macomb Community College’s center campus. After meeting with a representative, students can apply as a M2O student through the M2O website

For students with 24 or more credits earned, all official transcripts from all colleges/ university attended must be submitted.

For students with less than 24 credits earned, official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended must be submitted in addition to high school transcripts. Admission in this case will be based on both high school and college criteria.

M2O Top Questions

m2o top questions
M2O Top Questions

Current Oakland University Students

A current Oakland University student with less than 32 credit hours may join the M2O program. Current OU students can pick up an M2O update form from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (Rm.101 North Foundation Hall). Once the form is obtained a student must meet with their academic adviser to gain permission to join the program. Once the academic adviser signs the update form, it can be returned to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for processing. It is highly encouraged to speak with a financial aid representative before joining the M2O program.

The application deadline for fall enrollment is August 1st, with deadlines for winter falling on December 1st and summer enrollment on April 1st.

M2O Top Questions

Is there a deadline to apply for the M2O program?

Any student wishing to receive financial aid must fill out the FAFSA form and include Oakland University’s school code (002307). For those students participating in the M2O program, all financial aid is processed through Oakland University and is deducted from the Oakland University bill. If the financial aid awarded is greater than the student’s costs at Oakland University, a refund is issued to the student. Since financial aid is processed through Oakland University, financial aid is not reflected on the Macomb Community College bill. Therefore, students are required to pay their tuition bill at Macomb Community College based on the payment deadline

established by Macomb.

M2O Top Questions

How does financial aid work?

Yes, however, you must enroll in full-time study (12 credit hours) at Oakland University for each semester you receive the scholarship.

M2O Top Questions

I am receiving a scholarship from Oakland University; can still participate in M2O?

Campus tours are typically given Monday through Friday at both institutions. Please visit the websites to find out more information.

Oakland University:

Macomb Community College:

M2O Top Questions

How can I take a campus tour at either Oakland University or Macomb Community College?

You can contact Pam Kellett, the Director of the M2O program at or (586) 263-6242.

Also, be sure to visit the M2O website at

M2O Top Questions

Who can I contact to find out more information for the M2O program?

If you are a new student at OU, there are special orientation dates set aside for your registration process. These Orientations will cover everything included in an Oakland Orientation. In addition, Academic Advisers from Macomb will be available, as well as specially trained financial aid representatives to answer your M2O financial aid questions. You will receive more information about orientation once you are admitted into the M2O program.

M2O Top Questions

Who can I contact to find out more information for the M2O program?

Yes. Depending upon how many credits you choose to take at each college, your bill will vary. If you take classes at both Macomb and Oakland, you will be billed separately; however, your financial aid award letter will come from Oakland University’s Office of Student Financial Services.

M2O Top Questions

Will I receive a bill for both Oakland University and Macomb Community College?