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Groundbreaking agreement allows complete transfer of Macomb Community College associate degree in business, IT or health to Purdue University Fort Wayne bachelor degree

– Monday, November 4, 2019 1:00PM

Purdue University Fort Wayne and Macomb Community College have signed an agreement that allows Macomb students to completely transfer their associate of applied science degree in the areas of business, IT and health toward a bachelor of applied science degree from Purdue University Fort Wayne.

“This is a game changer in efforts to simplify and streamline bachelor-degree completion for Macomb Community College students,” said Don Ritzenhein, provost and vice president, Learning Unit, Macomb Community College. “Directly recognizing and accepting whole associate degree programs represents a philosophy and a partnership wholly focused on students and their success. We appreciate the authentic commitment of Purdue Fort Wayne in meaningfully positioning Macomb’s students to earn their bachelor’s degree.”

Macomb students will able to transfer up to a total of 88 credits toward their bachelor’s degree. While students will be required to complete a minimum of 32 credits through Purdue Fort Wayne, the coursework may be taken completely online.

“We are excited to enter into this partnership that provides opportunities for graduates of technical programs at Macomb Community College to complete their undergraduate education with a Purdue University degree,” said Carl Drummond, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management, Purdue University Fort Wayne. “This is just one more step in our efforts to make completing a bachelor’s degree more convenient for our students. We look forward to welcoming our new online Mastodons.”

Macomb students who qualify for the credit transfer can do so beginning spring 2020 term.

Purdue Signing

Don Ritzenhein, provost and vice president, Learning Unit, Macomb Community College (left) shakes hands with Carl Drummond, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management, Purdue University Fort Wayne (right) following the signing of the new transfer agreement between Macomb and Purdue University Fort Wayne.

About Purdue University Fort Wayne

Purdue University Fort Wayne is the largest university in northeast Indiana and is part of the Purdue University system. Purdue Fort Wayne is uniquely positioned to serve the region as a crossroads of intellectual, social, economic, and cultural advancement. Rigorous academics are combined with a focus on student success across prestigious degree programs taught by more than 300 full-time faculty. 10,208 students of diverse ages, ethnicities, and nationalities pursue their education on the nearly 600-acre campus. A majority of the university’s 61,000 alumni live and work in Indiana contributing significantly to the state’s economy, vitality, and intellectual strength. The university has joined the Horizon League athletics conference, effective fall 2020, and fields 16 NCAA Division I sports teams. For more information, visit

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media contact: Sean Patrick, Macomb Community College, 586.445.7271,