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New Agreement Gives Criminal Justice Majors Seamless Path to Four-Year Degree

Onondaga Community College partners with Utica College to create seamless path for students pursing a degree in criminal justice


Utica, NY (05/02/2013)
- Onondaga Community College and Utica College have signed a transfer articulation agreement which will create a seamless path for students pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Onondaga students who complete the Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a grade point average of 2.5 or better will have all of their credits transfer to Utica College for application toward the requirements for the bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

A 5-percent increase in criminal justice-related jobs is projected in our five county region between 2011 and 2021, according to data collected by Economics Modeling Specialists International which incorporates statistics from the New York State Department of Labor, the U.S. Census and other employment databases and surveys.

“Onondaga is pleased to offer our students an additional opportunity to continue their education after earning an associate’s degree with us,” said Cathleen C. McColgin, Ph.D., Onondaga Provost and Senior Vice President. “This agreement with Utica College ensures our students a smooth transition upon graduation, and partnerships like this are critically important in providing clear educational pathways to baccalaureate programs."

“Utica College’s partnership with Onondaga offers a great way for students to expand their career possibilities within the field,” said Patricia Swann, dean of the Utica College’s School of Business and Justice Studies. “Students can work with our highly accomplished faculty on a curriculum that emphasizes research, technology and real-world professional experiences, in our state-of-the-art Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity building.”

For more information, call (315) 498-2904 or email AdvisingCenter@sunyocc.edu


About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 3,700 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 29 minors, 20 graduate degree programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.

Onondaga Community College is Central New York’s second largest undergraduate college with nearly 13,000 students. Onondaga is a two-year college operating under the State University of New York (SUNY) system, and is locally sponsored by Onondaga County. Located on a bustling 280-acre campus atop Onondaga Hill, the community’s college remains dedicated to serving the needs of students in ways that help them to explore, discover, and transform. Onondaga offers nearly 50 programs of study, bachelor and master’s degrees available on campus through a regional higher education center, and more than 80 transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities.  A 2013 report on “The Economic Contributions of Onondaga Community College” shows student enjoy an attractive 14.4% rate of return on their educational investment and recover all costs in 11 years, while state and local governments see an annual rate of return of 7.8% on their support for Onondaga. The College is home to the six-time NJCAA national champion men’s lacrosse team and the two-time NJCAA national champion women’s lacrosse te am.  Both won the national title in 2012.  Onondaga has fifteen intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams.


Robert Halliday, Ph.D.
Associate Provost
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