UW Colleges, Lawrence form new partnership



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MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin Colleges and Lawrence University have signed a formal partnership agreement to make transferring easier for students.

The Appleton-based liberal arts college will provide specialized advising, registration, financial aid information and orientation opportunities to students who decide to transfer from one of the state's 13 two-year campuses, Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1n1CiCv ) reported. Those students will also receive a $20,000 scholarship, according to Lawrence University president Mark Burstein.

"We're extraordinarily happy to be here and excited about this partnership," he said about Wednesday's partnership. "We hope it provides more access for Wisconsin students to get a college degree."

Although UW Colleges has formed similar relationships with other private universities, this is one is different for UW-Fox, according to Martin Rudd, the school's campus executive officer and dean.

"This is the first time we've focused locally on the needs of our students and those from the other 12 campuses to a premier liberal arts institution such as Lawrence University," he said.

Potential transfer students are able to see how credits will transfer through Lawrence's website. They can also talk to an official to receive additional help with the process.

"In this day and age students are very Internet savvy, but sometimes the nuances of transferring from one college to another is easier done face-to-face. It's the personal touch of helping them, so they know they have a resource person," said Chuck Erickson, the coordinator of transfer admissions at Lawrence.

The partnership, which has been in the works for about nine months, will allow between 10 and 15 UW Colleges students to transfer to Lawrence. The university accepts 25 to 30 transfer students per year.

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