|NCCU student Bobby Richardson|
Community college students will find it easier to complete their studies at North Carolina Central University and other UNC institutions as the result of a new transfer agreement signed Feb. 21 by the UNC Board of Governors and the NC Board of Community Colleges.
About 25 percent of students attending UNC-system universities are transfer students, with more than half of those attending an NC community college prior to enrolling. The rate of transfers at NCCU has been rising steadily for the past several years.
“Community college helped me get into the academic pipeline,” said Bobby Richardson, a senior set to graduate from NCCU this May with a degree in computer information systems. Richardson is a veteran and served in the U.S. Army.
“I started at Wake Tech. I chose to transfer to NCCU because of the professors in my department. They are always willing to help.”
A report by the UNC General Administration shows that most who transfer from community colleges to NCCU are strong students, with cumulative grade point averages of 3.11 at the time of entry. Eighty percent have graduated by their third year on campus.
“Students transferring into NCCU from community colleges are a valued component our student population. They are some of our best and brightest,” NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White said. “I’m pleased to know their transition will be even easier now that the bilateral agreement between the UNC system and the community colleges is in place.”
NCCU already has distance-learning programs established with Wake Technical Community College and Halifax Community College for students in several departments, including Criminal Justice and Nursing. NCCU also has an articulation agreement with Durham Technical Community College.
In October 2013, a memorandum of understanding was signed with Central Carolina Community College and NCCU to develop a program designed to raise the education and training level of nurses in the work force. Additional collaborations and partnerships exist with other community colleges, including Durham Technical Community College.
Katina Harris, a psychology major from Warrenton, transferred to NCCU after earning a two-year degree at Vance-Granville Community College.
“The articulation agreement is absolutely wonderful,” Harris said. “It clears up any gray areas regarding transfer credits and will take away the anxiety students feel when they are trying to choose the right program for what they want to do.”