In September, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Engineering signed a 2+2 Program agreement with Lewis and Clark Community College. The agreement allows a student to spend the first two academic years at Lewis and Clark followed by two years at SIUE to obtain a bachelor’s degree in civil, computer, electrical, industrial, manufacturing, or mechanical engineering. The agreement also facilitates the exchange of student information between the two institutions to allow accurate and efficient advisement of students.

“The cooperation between the two institutions for the success of the students is exemplary,” says Cem Karacal, associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering.  

The objective of the program is to offer a highly structured curriculum at both institutions to better serve the needs of the student. One benefit of the dual admission is the students’ academic progress is monitored by both institutions which will improve their success rates.

“The curriculum is coordinated between the two institutions to make sure that students receive proper advising from the beginning through graduation in a timely manner,” said Hasan Sevim, dean of the School of Engineering.

“A great number of our pre-engineering students are already transferring to SIUE’s School of Engineering,” said Dale Chapman, president of Lewis and Clark. “This agreement helps make a seamless transition for Lewis and Clark students, and they will ultimately reach their goals faster.”

This is the third agreement Southern Illinois University has signed with area community colleges. The first two agreements were with Kaskaskia College in fall 2009 followed by St. Charles Community College in fall 2011.