GTCC AND GUILFORD COLLEGE SIGN ARTICULATION AGREEMENT

GTCC AND GUILFORD COLLEGE SIGN ARTICULATION AGREEMENT

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January 23, 2013

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JAMESTOWN - Guilford Technical Community College and Guilford College have developed an articulation agreement between both Guilford County institutions that will allow GTCC students to transfer seamlessly to Guilford College. The agreement will offer students a clear pathway from an associate degree at GTCC to a bachelor's degree at Guilford College.

GTCC has articulation agreements with other private institutions as well as existing statewide articulation agreements, including the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA), established in 1997 to ease the transfer of credits between North Carolina's 58 community colleges and the 16 University of North Carolina institutions, and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) between a limited number of private N.C. colleges and

universities that endorse the agreement.

The articulation agreement between GTCC and Guilford College is unique in that it's a partnership between an individual four-year college and only one or more community colleges. Guilford College is also in the process of developing a bilateral articulation agreement with Alamance Community College in Burlington, N.C.

Representatives from GTCC and Guilford College signed the articulation agreement on Jan. 22 on GTCC's Jamestown Campus. The agreement is effective immediately.

"Guilford Tech is proud to partner with Guilford College on this initiative to help students achieve their educational and career goals," said Dr. Randy Parker, president of GTCC. "Through this articulation agreement, students now have a clear pathway to a bachelor's degree at Guilford College, where they will continue to receive a quality liberal arts education and excel in their chosen professional field."

"Guilford College was founded in 1837 to serve the children of local Quaker families," said Kent Chabotar, president of Guilford College. "While our students now come from all walks of life and all over the country, we remain deeply committed to serving residents of Guilford County and the entire Piedmont Triad. We're honored to partner with GTCC to provide students with a path to an excellent liberal arts education at Guilford College."

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The articulation agreement is designed for current and prospective students to provide access and cost-effective opportunities to excel in higher education.

Under the agreement, 14 areas of study will be eligible for transfer to Guilford College: African and African American studies, history, political science, psychology, religious studies, accounting, business administration, community and justice studies, computing and technology and information systems, criminal justice, forensic accounting and forensic biology (B.A. and B.S.).

Guilford College will guarantee transfer admission for GTCC students, waive its application fee, accept a maximum of 64 community college credits that have Guilford College equivalents and grant full junior status to all graduates of designated GTCC associate degree programs who meet various requirements including a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50. GTCC students who declare their intent to transfer to Guilford College under this articulation agreement will have the opportunity to meet with Guilford academic advisors to assist them in their course elections.

During the past several years, about 70 students per year on average have transferred from GTCC to Guilford College.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.

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- Carla Kucinski/GTCC