LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College has signed a memorandum of understanding and agreement with the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) for a co-admission and co-enrollment partnership as well as a financial aid consortium agreement, all of which will help students who want to attend both institutions.
The agreement is designed to help students make a smooth transition from CSI to LC State and to assure that student success is optimized through early identification and support. This includes a more seamless transfer of credits and expanded class options at both institutions. The agreement begins with the summer semester.
CSI is a two-year community college created in 1964 and located in Twin Falls. It reported an enrollment of 7,585 students for fall 2020. LC State saw a 3 percent increase in enrollment this fall. This past fall saw eight direct transfer students from CSI enroll at LC State and four others who attended CSI in the past.
“We are excited to be working with CSI on co-admission/co-enrollment,” LC State President Cynthia Pemberton said. “This partnership education model will increase student awareness, interest and access, making next level degree pursuit virtually seamless.”
“I appreciate the collaboration with the administration and faculty at Lewis-Clark State College to make this partnership a reality,” said CSI President Dean Fisher. “Like the leadership of LCSC, the CSI leadership team is interested in assuring a seamless and cooperative enrollment experience for Idahoans.”
The admission and enrollment agreement will help CSI students who have completed an associate degree transfer those credits towards a bachelor’s degree at LC State. The agreement helps improve access to comprehensive support services and information as well as expand class options for students. Students may take classes from CSI and LC State simultaneously under this agreement and combine those classes into a full-time schedule. For the institutions, the partnership offers opportunities for more effective and efficient use of faculty, facilities and support services.
The management of the partnership and agreements will be coordinated through the enrollment services offices at the institutions. Each institution will have an advisor to work with students participating in the partnership on degree requirements and course planning. CSI also will provide LC State advising space on its campus for ongoing advisement and recruiting for the program.
In November, LC State announced a similar partnership with the College of Eastern Idaho.