UOG, GCC align computer science programs
(From left) Carl T. Swanson, associate professor of computer science, UOG; Ray D. Somera, vice president of academic affairs, GCC; Michael Chen; President Thomas W. Krise; GCC President Mary Okada; Anita Borja Enriquez, senior vice president of student and academic affairs, UOG; Lee S. Yudin, dean, UOG College of Natural & Applied Sciences; and Kate Moots, associate dean, UOG CNAS
Students interested in studying computer science at the University of Guam or Guam Community College will benefit from a new partnership formalized yesterday between the two institutions. UOG President Thomas W. Krise and GCC President Mary Okada signed a Memorandum of Agreement establishing a “Cooperative 2+2” degree program in computer sciences, in which students pursuing a four-year computer science degree will begin by earning a two-year Associate of Science in Computer Science at Guam Community College. Their credits will then fully transfer to the University of Guam, where they can complete two more years and earn a bachelor’s degree.
“It was a joint effort that we believe will strengthen individuals in the future to have a very strong computer science background. We believe that GCC’s program strengthens our program, and then UOG will add value to those individuals,” said Lee S. Yudin, dean of the UOG College of Natural & Applied Sciences.
The “Cooperative 2+2” degree program, which will take effect starting next semester, provides a framework to establish program-to-program articulations, dual enrollment for students enrolled in computer science, and complete articulation of general education courses required by both computer science programs.
“When two institutions get together, great things can happen,” Okada said. “I believe this is the beginning of a really good relationship that also helps to strengthen what we can provide in terms of education for our community, most especially our students. … Our students benefit from our efforts to work together.”
Students who have previously completed GCC’s program would also be able to now complete a bachelor’s building on the credits they already earned, Yudin said.
“We hope this will be the beginning of many more such collaborations,” Krise said.