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EAC-ASU Partnership Kickoff Celebration a Success!

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EAC-ASU Partnership Kickoff Celebration a Success!

By Lexi Heninger

Thatcher, AZ—The EAC Fine Arts Auditorium was nearly filled to capacity last week, as Eastern Arizona College welcomed Arizona State University to campus in celebration of the new partnership between the two colleges.

Speakers at the EAC-ASU partnership kickoff event included EAC President Mark Bryce, ASU President Michael Crow, EAC Provost Jeanne Bryce, ASU Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Elizabeth Capaldi, and ASU Vice Provost Dr. Maria Hesse.

President Bryce told the crowd, ?We live in an age with great challenges, but we also live in an age with the greatest opportunities. A great education will [help you] take advantage of those opportunities and allow you to make a difference for the positive.?

?For ASU, the agreement is about access, meeting community needs and improving the state of Arizona,? said Crow.

?We are here to help expand access to education in Arizona,? Crow said. ?ASU is committed to the success of the state, the community and to this college.?

Students will be able to complete several bachelor?s degrees entirely on-site at EAC?s Thatcher campus, starting with two degrees in fall of 2012. A bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) and a bachelor of interdisciplinary studies (BIS) in organizational studies are the initial offerings.

?For nursing, we set up this program with an eye on students currently enrolled at EAC,? said Hesse. ?But we also want to attract local nurses who are interested in going back to school to get a BSN and continue with their education.?

?The BIS degree is good for business organizations, faith-based organizations, non-profits and government,? said Capaldi. In the fall of 2013, two additional degrees ? one in elementary education and another in operations management ? will be added.

Over time, students will have the option to complete their associate and bachelor?s degrees at EAC in nursing, business/organizational studies, elementary education, operations management, and more. All of these majors have been specifically targeted to address employment needs in Eastern Arizona.

?EAC provides high quality college programs in beautiful facilities, with wonderful faculty,? said Hesse.

?By sharing resources, we can offer the degrees at a lower cost so we anticipate this new model will be appreciated by parents and community leaders.?

Playing off the two schools mascots (Sun Devils and the Fighting Gila Monsters), Crow added, ?Monsters and Devils are finally together.?

Representatives from ASU were available after the program to answer questions about the application process, reduced tuition rates, and degree programs.

?This event was a success, and we thank all who came out to support this exciting new partnership that will benefit not only the Gila Valley, but the state at large,? said President Bryce.

For more information about the ASU-EAC partnership and the degree programs available, visit