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BCC Board of Trustees approves articulation agreement

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By Sam Hickman

 BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees has made it much easier for students to transfer to four-year universities within the North Carolina system.

The State Board of Community Colleges and the UNC Board of Governors revised an agreement between the two systems, making college transfer options more defined and easier to follow for prospective transfer students.

The agreement will officially take effect this fall as the trustees unanimously approved it at their monthly meeting Thursday, March 20.

“This is a huge for us,” board member Lynda Stanley said. “This is a huge step in the right direction for the college.”

Sharon Thompson, BCC’s vice president of academic and student affairs, said this will allow students to complete their degrees much quicker.

“We’re really excited about the agreement,” she said. “It’s certainly something we’ve been looking forward to accomplishing.”

The revised Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, signed Feb. 21, is driven by an increased focus on student success and the growing number of North Carolina community college students transferring to the state’s public universities, officials said. It also is designed to stretch taxpayer-funded dollars by offering students a more direct pathway to career and educational success.

Under the revised agreement, community college students will enter transfer pathways with clearly defined goals and an understanding of how earned transfer hours fit into university requirements. The agreement also identifies foundational courses that will transfer to all UNC campuses to meet general education requirements, improves transfer student success by requiring coursework that helps students map their academic pathway from community colleges to universities and encourages community college students to complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science before transferring to a UNC campus by guaranteeing entry as juniors with full transfer credit.

 

Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.