UMKC announced last week they will be partnering with Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in a new way to provide an easier education path for students. The program, called “Roomentum,” includes three distinct tracks students can take, all offering dual enrollment at both institutions.
“The Roomentum programs are designed from the student-centered perspective to ensure the greatest support and opportunity for transfer student success,” said Associate Vice-Provost for University College and Undergraduate Advising Kim McNeley.
McNeley said the university’s desire to create this program came from the challenges transfer students sometimes experience as they move between institutions.
“The students will have access to student and academic support services at both UMKC and MCC, including libraries and financial aid,” a UMKC Today article stated. “Academic advisors at each institution will work in tandem to co-advise students in the RooMentum programs.”
The first program, called “On Track,” which became available to students at the start of this semester, will let students be automatically admitted to UMKC once they complete the necessary courses at MCC.
“Pathways,” the second program, will begin Spring 2020 and make it easier for credits to transfer between the schools. It also allows for an earlier connection with major-specific and upper-level classes.
The third program is aimed to be implemented by Fall 2021 and will allow students to work towards a Bachelor of Applied Science through UMKC and an Associate of Applied Science at MCC while taking classes at both universities.
McNeley highlighted the convenience of these programs. For example, students will have a one-stop-shop for enrollment, billing, cashiers and many other services, ensuring they don’t have to go through separate channels at each university.
MCC offers similar programs with seven other local colleges, including Avila, Park University and the University of Central Missouri.
With the three different components of the program, McNeley said there are no limits to how many students can participate.
McNeley also said the university would seek similar programs with other local community colleges.
“Creating this opportunity for all students beginning their academic careers with our community college partners is a priority for UMKC,” said McNeley.