Brookdale and University of Delaware Sign New Articulation Agreement for Hospitality and Sport Business Management Majors
Brookdale Community College (Brookdale) and the University of Delaware (UD) recently signed a new articulation agreement for the transfer of Brookdale Associate Degree Program in Hospitality Management and UD’s Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Hospitality Business Management, housed in the Department of Hospitality and Sport Business Management at UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.
“This agreement will help our graduates achieve a seamless transfer to University of Delaware,” said Dr. David Stout, president, Brookdale Community College. “This is an important agreement which focuses on student success. We are always pleased to build new bridges toward four-year institutions and to assist our students in moving on toward advanced degrees.”
Dr. Bruce Weber, Dean of UD’s Lerner College, looks forward to welcoming these Brookdale students to UD’s campus. “The Lerner College is thrilled to partner with Brookdale Community College to support the continued education of their outstanding hospitality management students through this agreement. We know that this partnership will continue to advance our mission to deliver inspirational education and pioneering scholarship. Our efforts with Brookdale are driven by our will to build an inclusive community that beneficially transforms business and society.”
Committed to expanding educational opportunities, the two institutions have agreed that graduates of the Brookdale Hospitality Management program who have completed the associate degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher will automatically be accepted into the Hospitality Business Management baccalaureate program at the University of Delaware.
“We are pleased to be working with Brookdale to expand the educational opportunities offered for the qualified Brookdale students to continue in UD’s Hospitality Business Management major for their bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Srikanth Beldona, Chair of UD’s Department of Hospitality and Sport Business Management. “Our hospitality business management curriculum is based in business management, with specialized hospitality industry courses and experiential learning opportunities in our on-campus learning labs led by faculty with extensive industry experience and academic credentials.”
“Many of our students need a bachelor’s degree to advance in the workplace, and UD is interested in further enhancing the management skills of our graduates,” said Dr. Norah Kerr-McCurry, Dean, Institute for Business & Social Sciences. “Our students who choose to move on to this four-year institution, will be able to accelerate their educational journey through this new agreement.”
Brookdale students intending to transfer should complete the UD admission application following the third semester of their associate degree program. Included in the requirements are 300 hospitality -related work hours. Brookdale offers students the opportunity to secure internships while in school as well as network with professionals from the industry.
UD’s hospitality program is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitality programs – large enough to lead and small enough to care personally for each student. They offer a variety of opportunities in the hospitality industry including a fine-dining student managed restaurant, working in a hotel, study abroad opportunities, and career fairs and networking events with four-star companies. 97% of hospitality business management graduates at UD are employed or pursuing further education.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of entertainment and sports occupations will grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for entertainment and sports occupations was $47,080 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.
For more information about this program contact UD Department of Hospitality and Sport Business Management at [email protected] or at Brookdale, brookdalecc.edu/transfer-resources, brookdale.edu/academic-advising.