2+2: The View from Vietnam

2+2Students (and parents) from many countries around the world have discovered the advantages of 2+2.  In Vietnam, for example, which ranks 3rd in international enrollment at US community colleges and 8th overall, about 60% of all US-bound students have begun their studies at a community college over the past three years.  Most are planning to transfer to a four-year school and complete their bachelor’s degree.  (This post from my blog, An International Educator in Vietnam, provides information about Vietnam and other countries sending sizable numbers of students to US community colleges.)

Some state universities and feeder community colleges that have identified Vietnam as a priority country are also beginning to explore and discover the benefits of jointly promoting their schools.  Since the goal of most international students is a bachelor’s degree, it makes perfect sense to promote both institutions as a “package deal.”  This cooperation can include joint website advertising, promotional materials and appearances at fairs and other helicopter marketing events.

One popular option for many Vietnamese parents is the high school completion program, offered at 20 or so Washington (WA) community colleges, including Green River.  This gives highly motivated and mature students the opportunity to kill two academic birds with one stone, so to speak.  They can earn a WA high school diploma and an associate’s degree from their host institution in two years, assuming no English as a Second Language (ESL) training is required.

Mark A. Ashwill                                                                                                                                  Managing Director, Capstone Vietnam
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

Note:  The image in the upper left corner of this post, which my company has used to promote community college-related events such as fairs says 2 years at a community college + 2 years at a four-year school = a bachelor’s degree.

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One Response to 2+2: The View from Vietnam

  1. rdjgrcc says:

    Great post, Mark. Right on. The package deal with universities is brilliant, although the reality is that students will often want to upgrade their transfer choice over the originally selected university, so if they had, say, a package deal with Green River and Washington State, and got into Michigan, they would do everything they could to unbundle the “unused” portion of their prepaid costs to change from WSU to Michigan. We do have conditional guaranteed admission deals with 20 universities, however, so that is similar to what you are describing, minus the financial package.

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