Winston-salem state, davidson county community college sign partnership Agreements
Two new transfer agreements will create opportunities for Davidson County Community College graduates to pursue a bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University. The 2+2 agreements will create a streamlined path for graduates of DCCC’s Zoo & Aquarium Science program to enter WSSU with junior status – 60 or more credit hours – to pursue a Bachelor of Science in biology.
“We are pleased to partner with DCCC to provide the opportunity for its graduates to advance their careers through a bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State,” said Dr. Anthony Graham, WSSU’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “These new agreements illustrate WSSU’s commitment to providing access to baccalaureate degrees for North Carolina residents in critical workforce areas.”
The agreements were signed last month at DCCC and was attended by administrators and faculty from both institutions. Graduates of the programs can begin enrolling at WSSU this fall.
“This is a big step forward for the success, not only for Winston-Salem State University and DCCC, but most importantly, the students we will now both serve,” said Dr. Darrin Hartness, DCCC’s president. “This is the opportunity for students who are passionate about zoology and biology to have a streamlined pathway to continue their education. I can’t wait to see where this partnership will take our students.”
Community College Outreach This is the first of two signings for WSSU academic leaders over the next month, as WSSU expands opportunities for area community college students to pursue baccalaureate degrees in critical workforce areas, such as STEM, healthcare, and early childhood and K-12 education. WSSU will soon sign a similar agreement with Forsyth Technical Community College for the college’s biotechnology program. All three agreements are for Associate of Applied Science programs. The university says because A.A.S. programs are not covered by the state’s comprehensive articulation agreement, many graduates have been left without a clear path to a bachelor’s degree.
Since arriving at WSSU last July, Graham has made it a priority to build closer relationships with community college leaders from across the region. Over the past year, he has visited with eight community college leaders, and has meetings with four more this fall.
“Each community college leader with whom I have met has expressed a desire to work more closely with Winston-Salem State University, and these leaders challenged us to think critically about ways to better serve their students,” Graham said. “We have to think differently about the ways we deliver our courses beyond the traditional Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. offerings.”
WSSU’s five-year strategic enrollment management plan calls for increasing the number of new transfer students by 67 percent by fall 2022 through new partnerships and enhanced recruiting and marketing efforts. Graham said WSSU provides not only an affordable choice for transfer students but also a “signature approach with personalized student engagement” that’s not available at larger colleges and universities.