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CCRI signs articulation agreement with American International College

June 13, 2014

insert your alt text here CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale and American International College President Dr. Vincent Maniaci shake after signing a joint articulation agreement Friday at the Knight Campus in Warwick. View more photos from the event.

Officials from the Community College of Rhode Island and American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, came together this morning to make what they called a "seamless" partnership official as the presidents of both institutions inked an agreement formalizing a joint articulation agreement.

"It doesn't get any better than this," said CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale of the Direct Connect program, which was structured to offer CCRI students who transfer to AIC financial and support benefits above and beyond the standard transfer process.

Students who participate in the articulation agreement will have exclusive access to the AIC campus community to support a successful transition and will be offered a $4,000 scholarship in addition to earned merit scholarship and before any need-based aid is awarded. All application fees will be waived for Direct Connect students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Upon signing an intent to enroll form, the CCRI student will receive several student life benefits, including an AIC student identification that gives full access to the AIC campus, all sporting events and other events; full library privileges; participation in AIC clubs and organizations; assignment of a financial aid counselor who will work with the student throughout his or her enrollment; and a personal AIC academic adviser who will be assigned at the time of admission to work directly with CCRI students in schedule and course planning.

Before signing the agreement, Di Pasquale praised AIC President Dr. Vincent M. Maniaci, now in his 10th year at the helm of the college, with "really making a difference" both at AIC and in the community of Springfield. "He really gets it," Di Pasquale said, noting that through the discussions that have taken place with AIC to carve out this agreement, Maniaci and his team have always placed their focus on strengthening the student experience.

Dr. Vincent Maniaci"We share a sensibility for student-centricity with CCRI," said Maniaci. "This is what makes this symbiosis so special."

Maniaci called the partnership "groundbreaking." Although CCRI has joint articulation agreements with more than 40 colleges and universities nationwide, forging an agreement that includes as much as this one with a private institution in a neighboring state is fairly unique. Di Pasquale said that in terms of offering ease of access to bachelor's and master's programs at a private institution, this particular agreement represents a "life-changing" opportunity for many of the college's students.

Along with remarks from the two presidents, CCRI Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Greg Lamontagne and AIC's Provost Todd Fritch spoke of standing the common grounds of student support and how that alignment of philosophy made the relationship between the two institutions a quick and effortless one.

"This is a great match, and a good model to follow in the future," said Lamontagne.

For more information on the CCRI Direct Connect program, students can visit www.aic.edu/directconnect or contact the program's admissions counselor, Jillian Alberta at 413-205-3594 or jillian.albert@aic.edu.

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Last Updated: 6/13/14