December 12, 2022

WSU, Henry Ford College announce partnership to guarantee college access, transfer opportunities

DETROIT –– On Monday, Henry Ford College and Wayne State University announced a guaranteed-transfer partnership during a special ceremony at the Tierney Alumni House. The agreement will expand access for students to college degrees and charts a path for meaningful careers and economic prosperity.

Titled Henry Ford College Learn4ward and Wayne State Transfer Pathways, the program will allow qualified students to earn two college degrees and maximize credits they earn while completing an associate degree. The program also supports the state’s 60x30 goal of increasing the number of state residents with a college degree or professional credential to 60% by the year 2030. An educated workforce will build and sustain our state’s prosperity and competitiveness and will help retain talent in Michigan.

Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson and HFC President Russell Kavalhuna signed the agreement and spoke about the impact of this agreement on the lives of students and the region’s economic growth. Dignitaries who attended the event, included Detroit Chamber of Commerce CEO Sandy Baruah; State Senator Sylvia Santana; State Representatives Tyrone Carter, Alabas Farhat, and Erin Byrnes; and several others.

Dignitaries who attended the signing event at Wayne State.
(From left to right): HFC Board of Trustee Irene Watts, WSU Board of Governors President Mark Gaffney, HFC Vice President Reginald Best, President & CEO of Detroit Regional Chamber Sandy Baruah, State Representative Tyrone Carter, WSU student Mohammed Turaani, HFC President Russ Kavalhuna, WSU student Assita Doumbia, WSU President M. Roy Wilson, HFC student Jay Elias, State Senator Sylvia Santana, WSU Vice President for Academic Student Affairs Ahmad Ezzeddine, WSU Provost Mark Kornbluh, HFC Board of Trustee Hussein Berry, and HFC Board of Trustee Mary Petlichkoff.

The new agreement allows students to begin their academic and career pathways at HFC and seamlessly transfer to Wayne State with guaranteed admission. Students who complete the program will earn both an associate and bachelor’s degree.

“WSU has had a longstanding partnership with Henry Ford College and this new agreement, which enhances the collaboration between our two institutions, will benefit our students and contribute to the State’s competitiveness,” President Wilson said. “We are offering students, including non-traditional and adult learners, high quality education and seamless pathways to earn two degrees, which will set them on a trajectory of economic advancement and social mobility. At the same time, we are preparing a pool of graduates that will support the talent needs of local employers, city and state agencies, be it in areas such as electrical technology, computer science, public health, or urban planning.”

One innovative feature of this program is a web-based tool that will give students easy-to-navigate, interconnected course sequences for both institutions that will provide an uninterrupted path from their first class at HFC through their last class at WSU. This seamless experience will give students only one enrollment interface to navigate.

The Wayne State Transfer Pathway provides HFC students an optimal transfer roadmap to satisfy both degree requirements within four years with a customized plan that eliminates or minimizes loss of credit.

Students will enroll at HFC and receive guaranteed, automatic admission to Wayne State with junior status if they earn a minimum of 60 credit hours with a 2.5 or higher GPA, and earn their HFC associate degree. Students who graduate from any HFC associate degree program will be eligible.

President M. Roy Wilson addresses an audience at the Tierney Alumni House.
WSU President M. Roy Wilson speaks to those who attended Monday's signing event at Tierney Alumni House.

Some of the program benefits to students include:

● Transfer of all earned associate degree credit hours, saving students time and money

● Specialized advising and support tailored to each student’s academic and career goals at both institutions and virtually

● A 3-year tuition freeze at HFC

● Coordinated and collaborative efforts to provide a connected student experience between HFC and WSU

● WSU scholarship opportunities for qualifying HFC students

● Free career services, including access to exciting internships, co-ops, co-curricular experiences and employment opportunities

● Free access to many recreational facilities, athletic events and cultural events at both institutions

“This collaboration is the future of higher education serving students and communities,” said HFC President Russ Kavalhuna. “We are particularly excited to partner with Wayne State because they have become Michigan’s leader in social mobility, which perfectly aligns with our goal of helping students build better lives. We at HFC are proud to have the most Detroit Promise students and the most high school students earning college credit of any college in Michigan. With this agreement, students in these groups can see themselves on a path to a life-changing Wayne State degree. And, with each student’s success on this path, we build sustainable communities and enhance the region’s economy and standard of living. This is a Win, Win, Win, for students, communities, and the economy.”

About Henry Ford College: Henry Ford College (HFC) in Dearborn, Mich., is a comprehensive, accredited public college serving 12,000 enrolled students. HFC has been successfully preparing students for a rapidly changing world since 1938, and today offers more than 150 high-quality associate degree, career, certificate, and university transfer programs. The College also offers a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies, as well as 3+1 programs with university partners. HFC provides customized workforce development training for business and industry. Visit for more details or look for us on social media.

About Wayne State University: Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering approximately 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 25,000 students. Learn more at


Bill Roose
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