Last February, The University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges announced a significant update to the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). This updated CAA is designed to reduce students having to retakes courses at the universities, thus saving time and money as they pursue a bachelor’s degree.
“The spirit of these articulation agreements is to give community college students the confidence they will transfer to our public universities as juniors,” said Betty Hatcher, dean of liberal arts and university transfer. Hatcher said that students earning an associate in science or associate in arts degree will need to meet the standards of the Transfer Assured Admissions Policy (TAAP) in order to be guaranteed acceptance. More information can be found on CCC’s website at www.cravencc.edu/caa.
Building on the CAA, both education systems signed Uniform Articulation Agreements (UAA) on February 27, 2015 for nursing and engineering programs that will be effective fall 2015. “These articulation agreements are the work of dedicated faculty, staff and partner organizations who sought ways to expand educational pathway opportunities for our state’s future nurses and engineers,” said N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) President, Dr. Scott Ralls.
The UAA between the associate’s degree nursing (ADN) programs and the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree will make the transfer more seamless between community college and university nursing programs. Currently, there are 55 community colleges offering AND programs and 11 universities offering RN to BSN degree programs.
“We are seeing a big push toward the requirement of BSN degrees by area healthcare organizations, and the articulation agreement will make it easier for our nursing students to continue their education,” said Carolyn Jones, acting chair of nursing and continuing education. Jones said the UAA will increase transfer options for CCC nursing students to all BSN programs in the university system.
Nursing student Taelisa Puryear plans to find a job after graduating in May and passing the NCLEX-RN exam. She also plans to pursue a BSN degree at a later date. Puryear said she would consider all universities offering the RN to BSN degree since it will make transferring credits easier.
Under the new UAA, community colleges will also be offering an associate’s in engineering program. According to NCCCS, this degree “…is a specialized college transfer degree for engineering majors and requires higher-level math courses, along with other general education and pre-major courses designed to prepare students to enter universities as juniors.”
“The UAA provides community colleges a degree program specifically tailored to the unique needs of engineering transfer students,” said Dr. Bill Fortney, N.C. State eastern regional director for engineering and the CCC engineering program director. In addition to the engineering pre-major, CCC students can also take advantage of N.C. State’s newly accredited four-year mechanical engineering systems degree offered at CCC. For more information, go to N.C. State’s website: www.engr.ncsu.edu/mes.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.