Taking a significant step to create new educational opportunities for students, Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis and Atlantic Cape Community College President Barbara Gaba signed a memorandum of understanding creating a premier partnership between the two institutions of higher education.

Chancellor Tillis during the Atlantic Cape MOU event
Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis remarks on the new partnership with Atlantic Cape Community Colllege
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“This partnership illustrates our commitment to the students, families, faculty, and staff that are a part of Atlantic Cape and our commitment to serve as an anchor institution for South Jersey and the Delaware Valley," Chancellor Tillis said. “As administrators, it is our responsibility to create opportunities that will forge indelible, lifelong experiences for our students, creating global citizens and fostering cultural understanding, empathy, and appreciation for diversity.”

“Today’s partnership signing is yet another important agreement between Atlantic Cape and Rutgers Camden, as it offers students an opportunity to earn both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree at an affordable rate and with a seamless transition, providing a life-changing college education that students can use to enhance their career opportunities,” said Gaba. “It is Atlantic Cape’s mission to create opportunity by providing access to excellent programs and services that successfully meet our students’ educational goals.”

The agreement will allow students to pursue a bachelor's degree seamlessly at both institutions through a sequential degree program. Participating students can fully matriculate at Rutgers–Camden after completing 60 credits at Atlantic Cape. Students will also have access to academic advisors at both institutions before completing their classwork at Atlantic Cape, continue to pay Atlantic Cape tuition and fees for their third year, and have the option to attend certain Rutgers–Camden classes on the Atlantic Cape Mays Landing campus through the Rutgers Statewide program.

Creating new opportunities and pathways to achieve academic success is a priority for the Chancellor and the leadership of Rutgers–Camden, and this aligns with the goal of Atlantic Cape to provide clear pathways to success for their students, whether it be to receive credentials to enter the workforce, or go on complete their advanced degree at four-year institutions.

“We want to make sure our students have transformative experiences that leave them with a tug in their heart for their time at Atlantic Cape and Rutgers–Camden,” Chancellor Tillis said. “I am looking forward to seeing the fruits of this partnership.”

Rutgers–Camden and Atlantic Cape delegates during the MOU signing event
Delegates from Rutgers–Camden, Rutgers Statewide, and Atlantic Cape Community College come together for the signing of the memorandum of understanding
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