SPE 102, January 8th 2009
TITLE: Obtaining a 4 year degree through Burlington County College GENERAL PURPOSE: To inform my audience of different methods they can use to obtain a four year degree through Burlington County College. SPECIFIC PURPOSE: Burlington County College offers many opportunities for advancement whether it is a stepping stone to a 4 year college, an entry into an accredited program through guarantee transfer, or the ever expanding bachelor degree completion program at Burlington County College. INTRODUCTION
I attended Rutgers for a year. I was also actively involved in Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) for those two semesters. I maintained a respectable GPA and made quite a few friends. With that being said, I’m sure some of you are thinking “well then why is he standing up in front of a class at BCC right now then?” The honest truth is because I was not well informed on the different degree seeking programs offered here at Burlington County College so that’s what I am here to discuss with you today. Burlington County College offers many opportunities for advancement whether it is a stepping stone to a 4 year college, an entry into an accredited program through guarantee transfer, or the ever expanding bachelor degree completion program at the college. If you have the determination, Burlington County College can get you there. BODY
I. Some students prefer to use BCC as a stepping stone to four year institutions. 1. There is a significant cost difference when attending a community college and a four year institution.
a. According to collegeboard.com, the most up to date source on college related material, the average surcharge for full time, out-of-state students tuition at a public four year institution is $10,867 per year.
b. According to Burlington County College, the most up to date tuition pricing chart states an in-county student pays $96.50 per credit hour or the equivalent of $1,351 for full time status, assuming the student is taking 14 credits. c. Without consideration of other fees and expenses related to attending a four year institution, the average student can expect to save an excess of $9,500 a year on credits alone by attending Burlington County College.
2. Many four year degree programs follow a generic outline of four semesters of core classes and four semesters of classes geared towards the appropriate major. a. With this four and four design, students can seamlessly transfer credits and still be on track for the same graduation date of someone that attended the four year institution from the start.
b. Another reason to consider doing the first four semesters at a community college is the classroom design. A student could expect to have an excess of 300 people in a lecture at a large four year institution where as Burlington County College lectured classes hold a max capacity of around 80 students.
3. Many Students coming out of high school are still undecided on their major or may switch majors during their college career. According to Louie Bottaro, an academic advisor for the college of liberal arts at Oregon State University, about 80% of students who start college will switch their major at least once. a. By attending a 2 year institution, a student has the capability to switch their major with little or no impact on future ambitions with regards to graduation. b. By giving a student the opportunity to freely change their major with little impact, they are given a longer opportunity to mature and make career decisions that could affect them for the rest of their lives
II. A unique opportunity that some 2 year college’s offer, including Burlington County...