York/CUNY and University of Bridgeport Sign Agreement

It was an idea whose time had come, as York College hosted the University of Bridgeport (UB), Connecticut, for the signing of an articulation agreement between the two institutions of higher learning, making them partners in health education.
York/CUNY and University of Bridgeport Sign Agreement

L.-r. (seated): Dean Clark, Vice Provost Brady (Univ. of Bridgeport); l.-r. (standing): Asst. Provost Henke, Provost Griffith, Dr. Williams, Dean Meleties, Dr. Davidson

Dr. David M. Brady, vice provost, Health Sciences, director, Human Nutrition Institute and associate professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport (UB), Connecticut, came to York to make the agreement official.

“This agreement is a win-win situation for both institutions,” said Dr. Lynne Clark, dean of York’s School of Health and Behavioral Sciences, who was part of the group at the signing.  “York graduates who pursue their graduate health studies at UB will serve to enrich the diversity of UB's graduate student population and upon graduation (from University of Bridgeport) will supply the professional work force with the much-needed graduates who come from diverse backgrounds. UB's graduate health programs are well recognized for their academic excellence. At York College, we see this partnership as highly beneficial to our students and eventual graduates for several reasons.”

Dr. Clark added that UB’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences curriculum fully aligns with York’s Admission's course work requirements for all UB's graduate health programs, thus providing students with a seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate studies. Eligible York graduates will have acceptance priority at UB and will have a comprehensive array of graduate health programs from which to choose. Equally important, UB “has graciously offered to provide annual Merit scholarships” for those eligible York graduates to offset tuition costs.

“For York College this serves as the first agreement between its undergraduate-level programs with another institution offering graduate level programs, said Clark.

The University of Bridgeport is as delighted with the burgeoning partnership as York is.

“The University of Bridgeport, Division of Health Sciences (UB-DHS) is excited to create this collaboration with CUNY-York College to create pathways for students from York who are interested in careers in the health professions to seamlessly enter a diverse array of graduate and professional programs in the health sciences here at UB,” said Dr. Brady. “We are specifically seeking motivated quality students from diverse backgrounds in order to create a future healthcare workforce that is more reflective of the populations that they serve.”

Dr. Brady added that UB is unique in providing opportunities in an ever expanding pallet of healthcare disciplines and approaches, including standard and evidence-based complementary approaches, using a patient-centered and collaborative team management approach to care.

Dr. Brady and York’s provost, Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, signed the agreement in late October in the presence of Dr. Clark, Dr. Panayiotis Meleties, dean of the School of Business and Information Systems; Dr. Emily Davidson, chair of the Department of Health Professions and Dr. Shawn Williams, a professor of Anatomy and Physiology, Epidemiology and many other health-related courses at York. The agreement will facilitate a more seamless admissions process for York students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in the health field at the University of Bridgeport.

The agreement outlines specific courses and academic requirements that students must complete at York College before being eligible for entry at UB’s Colleges of Naturopathic Medicine and Chiropractic, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, the Human Nutrition Institute, the Physician Assistant Institute, or Acupuncture Institute.

"We are delighted to partner with the University of Bridgeport which has demonstrated a commitment to providing students with an opportunity to practice truly integrative healthcare in underserved communities," said Dr. Davidson.

Dr. Shawn Williams, author of the proposal, which led to the articulation agreement, is also excited at the doors this agreement opens to his students at York.

“The York College and University of Bridgeport’s partnership provides an undergraduate- to graduate transition that draws lectures from medicine, public health, sociology, philosophy, ethics, psychology, informatics and elsewhere,” said Dr. Williams. “We are encouraged to think that these kinds of novel approaches to health-related education will make a difference.

York’s Provost Griffith, who is no stranger to articulation agreements, looks forward to seeing this unique one go into effect.

“This agreement will be a living document that binds our two institutions together in a dynamic partnership that will benefit York students and the University of Bridgeport equally,” said Dr. Griffith. “I look forward to the fruits of this vision and congratulate all our partners in this venture.”

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