Tempe, Ariz., November 15, 2018 – Arizona State University (ASU), in partnership with Yavapai College, will offer undergraduate bachelor degree programs at Yavapai College. Starting in January 2019, students can pursue an associate degree at Yavapai College and upon completion, enroll in an ASU bachelor degree program and attend ASU classes delivered through two Yavapai College campuses.
ASU@Yavapai will offer a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Health Sciences beginning January 2019 at the Prescott Valley campus. Two more degree programs will launch in August 2019 — Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Organizational Leadership and Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Applied Leadership — and will be offered at the Prescott campus.
ASU, Yavapai College and Yavapai County community leaders collaboratively identified degrees that will provide students with knowledge and skills needed for careers in the Yavapai community.
"These new programs exemplify a key strength of YC, that is forming partnerships to offer more educational opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Penny Wills, President of Yavapai College. “We are very pleased, because our citizens can enroll in such quality four-year programs and remain in our communities."
These programs will help address Yavapai County’s workforce development needs — the degree in Health Sciences will help fill employment opportunities in the ever-growing and popular healthcare fields, and the Applied Leadership and Organizational Leadership programs will prepare students to be leaders in business, government and nonprofit organizations throughout the county.
“ASU is committed to serving students across the entire state,” Maria Hesse, ASU Vice Provost for Academic Partnerships said. “Students will complete their coursework at Yavapai College, then transfer into their ASU program without relocating.”
Through ASU@Yavapai, the university is expanding access to an excellent and affordable undergraduate education for Arizona residents. A student enrolled full-time in a program at ASU@Yavapai can expect to pay a lower tuition rate than that of a four-year degree at an ASU campus in the metro Phoenix area, which is an added benefit. Additionally, students may qualify for financial aid such as grants and scholarships.
Hesse explained that the partnership plays to the strengths of both institutions. Students will take lower-division courses through Yavapai College, then transfer to ASU. The university courses will be taught by ASU faculty, some of whom may be community college faculty as well as professionals in Yavapai County who are qualified to teach university-level courses.
“It has been wonderful to work with the president, vice president, faculty and staff of Yavapai College,” Hesse said. “Together, we hope this new partnership will advance educational attainment for the communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley and surrounding areas in Yavapai County.”
For more information please visit admission.asu.edu/transfer/Yavapai.
About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.
About Yavapai College
For 50 years, Yavapai College has been serving and educating the diverse communities of Yavapai County. With six locations located strategically throughout the county, Yavapai College offers dozens of degrees and certificates that can lead students to fulfilling careers. The College is a source of learning, cultural enrichment and economic development.