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Penn State York, Penn State Mont Alto and  Harrisburg Area Community College have signed an articulation agreement that will help students "seamlessly" transfer to a variety of four-year degree programs provided at the higher education institutions.

HACC President John “Ski” Sygielski, Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor Francis Achampong and Penn State York Chancellor David Chown signed the agreement Monday at HACC’s Harrisburg campus, according to a news release.

The agreement will allow HACC associates degree graduates to transfer credits to Penn State York and the university’s counterpart in Franklin County toward completing a bachelor's degree.

HACC students will be able to transfer to nine programs at Penn State York, including the commonwealth campus’ biology, business, communication arts and sciences, English, IT and psychology programs, according to the release.

"Penn State York and Penn State Mont Alto are natural partners, given their proximity to our York and Gettysburg campuses,” said HACC Associate Provost Kathleen Doherty in the release. “This partnership allows our students to transfer seamlessly and hit the ground running as a junior when they arrive at these campuses."

Chown said the agreement will expand the options of students at both institutions to complete their degrees, according to the release.

“Students will be able to better plan their academic careers and move seamlessly from one institution of higher education to another,” he said.

Penn State has been chided in recent weeks for decreasing resident enrollment. An audit released last month showed a decrease of 11.6 percent of resident enrollment at Penn State while nonresident and international student enrollment increased by 120 percent and 2,755 percent, respectively.

"Penn State’s expansion of nonresident enrollment threatens accessibility for Pennsylvania residents," said state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale during a news conference last month.

"Clearly, because Penn State has not adequately planned for expenses that are outpacing revenues, there is a financial appeal to accepting nonresident students who will pay nearly $15,000 more and be more likely to live on campus," he said. 

For information related to transferring to Penn State York, contact LeighAnn Fry, assistant director of transfer admissions, at 717-771-4040 or lmyers@admissions.psu.edu.

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