The School of Computing and Engineering signed its first dual degree agreement with Blackburn College (Carlinville, IL) on April 9, 2010. Representatives from UMKC and Blackburn, including Dr. Kevin Truman, Dean of SCE, and Dr. Jeff Aper, Provost of Blackburn College, were present for the signing. Also present was Kingsley Kantanka, a student at Blackburn College and the first student to enter SCE under the dual degree program.
The School of Computing and Engineering initiated the dual degree program in fall 2009. This program leads students to undergraduate degrees in both a liberal arts major and a professional engineering, computer science or information technology degree. Students enter UMKC SCE following three (or four) years at their first institution. Students who follow the guidelines and meet the admission requirements will earn a degree from their first institution and a degree from UMKC following two years of study at SCE.
Students who complete the dual degree program experience the benefits of a liberal arts education, allowing them to become better communicators, develop strong study skills and explore additional academic interests, while also finishing a professional degree program. In addition to the program with Blackburn College, SCE also has established a dual degree program with Fontbonne University (St. Louis, MO) and is working on several other partnerships. For more information on the dual degree program, please contact Whitney Molloy at firstname.lastname@example.org.