Gateway2NKU partnership makes earning 4-year degree seamless, efficient and affordable

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Friday – Oct. 4, 2013

COVINGTON, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University and Gateway Community and Technical College announced today a partnership called Gateway2NKU that will make earning a bachelor’s degree in northern Kentucky seamless, efficient and affordable.

The program creates a series of degree pathways that begin with enrollment at Gateway and end with a bachelor’s degree from NKU. Gateway2NKU establishes a seamless transition between the institutions assisted by personally assigned advisors. The program also features dual admission in which participating students are enrolled simultaneously at NKU and Gateway, providing access to all student activities and services at both institutions.

“This is a model example of how higher education institutions can work together to improve the quality of life in the regions they serve,” said Gateway President/CEO Ed Hughes. “Not only will students be able to earn an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in less time and spending less money, but this program will also allow Gateway and NKU to operate more efficiently and effectively by reducing the duplication of programs and services.”

Gateway2NKU launches with 25 distinct degree pathways, with more expected as the program grows. These pathways will make it easier for both institutions to offer academic advising and support services tailored toward a student’s educational and career goals. For example, students who know they want to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting at NKU will know they must earn an Associate in Science at Gateway first. This will assist them with course selection while at Gateway and ensure automatic transfer of Gateway credit hours to NKU.

But the benefits don’t stop there. Gateway students on an established degree pathway will be able to take up to four NKU courses at Gateway’s tuition rates, lowering the cost of earning a degree while acclimating students to the NKU campus and integrating them into social and academic life prior to transferring. They will also be eligible for NKU programs and activities such as tutoring, intramural sports and Greek life. They will have access to NKU’s Steely Library, Norse athletic events, fine arts, special events and performances.

“We are excited about the possibilities of this partnership,” said NKU President Geoffrey Mearns. “For our region to be competitive economically, we must work to ensure more of our citizens have the education and training to meet the need for skilled workers across a number of industries. This program will allow Gateway to produce more graduates who then earn an NKU bachelor’s degree. It also represents a new approach to higher education in our region by promoting collaboration and shared resources.”

The Gateway2NKU program is open to Gateway students who are following an academic pathway designed for transfer to a baccalaureate program at NKU and who are completing an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree. Participating students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours at Gateway and be in good standing with no academic or financial holds. Students must have completed 15 credit hours in non-developmental courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 before they can enroll in an NKU course. A second NKU course is available after completion of 30 credit hours, and two additional NKU courses are available upon the completion of 45 credit hours.

A complete list of current Gateway2NKU pathways is available at

About Northern Kentucky University…
Northern Kentucky University is located in Highland Heights, Ky., just five minutes from downtown Cincinnati. NKU enrolls more than 15,200 undergraduate, graduate, law and doctoral students on Kentucky’s safest public metropolitan campus. NKU enrolls students from 42 states and 61 countries. The university boasts more than 50,000 alumni.

NKU has been ranked among America’s Top Colleges by Forbes magazine five straight years and in 2013 ranked No. 1 in Kentucky for return on investment by a national organization studying college affordability.
NKU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It offers six associate degrees; 68 bachelor’s degrees; 23 master’s degrees and 30 graduate certificates; and two doctorate degrees as well as a Juris Doctor through its six colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences, Haile/US Bank College of Business, College of Education and Human Services, College of Health Professions, College of Informatics and Chase College of Law.

NKU is an equal opportunity employment and educational institution.

About Gateway Community and Technical College...
Gateway Community and Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gateway Community and Technical College.
The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

GCTC is Northern Kentucky’s only public, two-year comprehensive community and technical college, and its SACS accreditation has been reaffirmed through July 2023. SACS is a U.S. Department of Education-recognized agency that evaluates academic programs at two-year and four-year institutions to ensure the quality and acceptability of each institution. SACS accreditation means that Gateway students can transfer their course credits to four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation.

Gateway enrolls nearly 5,000 students and offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in 30 subject areas. Classes are provided at GCTC locations in Boone County, Covington, and Edgewood. Through partnerships with more than 400 local businesses, GCTC provides customized, short-term training to more than 3,000 other people. Find out how to “start here and go anywhere” at GCTC is one of 16 colleges that comprise the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

For most Kentuckians, higher education begins at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Our statewide system of 16 colleges, 68 campuses and more than 100,000 students is a critical component to transforming the state’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high growth, high wage careers. For more information, visit KCTCS and Gateway are equal opportunity employment and education institutions.

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