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ECC and UIC officials sign Transfer Admission Guarantee agreement

Students from Elgin Community College who wish to transfer to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) can take advantage of a new guaranteed admission agreement recently signed by academic officials from both institutions.

ECC President David Sam, JD, PhD, LLM; Kevin A. Browne, UIC vice provost for academic and enrollment services; Rose DiGerlando, ECC vice president of teaching, learning and student development; and Robert R. Dixon, UIC registrar met at ECC June 29 to complete the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) agreement.

“This is the kind of partnership that most legislators, college leaders, and policy makers talk about when they are talking about transfer agreements,” Sam said. “This is going to guarantee our students not only admission, but also access and admission into their majors. We are so excited about this because it does exactly what a community college and a university partnership is supposed to do.”

The UIC undergraduate colleges participating in the agreement include the Colleges of Architecture, Design and the Arts; Business Administration; Engineering; Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Urban Planning and Public Affairs. The agreement will be in force for three years with annual renewal to allow for improvements to ease of transfer as curriculum is updated. 

Browne said that students have transferred between UIC and ECC for many years, but this formal agreement will help students avoid any missteps in the transfer process. “This agreement will bring certainty of admission for students and identify clear paths for transfer of credit,” he said. The tuition rate ECC students pay upon transferring to UIC will not increase under the university's Undergraduate Guaranteed Tuition Program, he said.

The UIC Transfer Assistance Center will serve as a resource for newly admitted transfer students under the Transfer Admission Guarantee agreement. ECC students transferring to UIC will have opportunities to visit UIC for academic and extracurricular events.

ECC is among the top 10 institutions in Illinois with students who have chosen to transfer to UIC; in fall 2015, 44 ECC students transferred to the university.

To learn more about ECC's transfer agreements with other institutions, visit


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