CFCC and UNCW to reaffirm articulation agreement on Monday

September 26th, 2014 by Sonya Johnson

CFCC and UNCW to reaffirm articulation agreement on Monday
Partnership eases transition from CFCC to UNCW
WILMINGTON – Two of the area’s largest educational institutions are reaffirming a partnership that will help increase access to a four-year degree for hundreds of students each year. The local agreement assures CFCC graduates acceptance into UNCW, provided that CFCC students earn an associate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

On Monday, Sept. 29 at 11:30 a.m., leaders from the University of North Carolina Wilmington<> and Cape Fear Community College <> will sign the latest version of an articulation agreement, which is designed to provide an easier transition between the two institutions. This agreement is in addition to the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA), which is a statewide arrangement that governs the transfer of credits between the state’s community colleges and public universities.

The agreement between CFCC and UNCW differs from the statewide CAA in that it offers the benefit of acceptance at the student’s school of choice, which among a vast majority of CFCC students is UNCW. However, the UNCW agreement establishes a higher standard for students than the statewide agreement requires. Through the statewide CAA, graduates of any of the North Carolina Community Colleges are assured admittance to one of the UNC institutions, but not assured admittance to a specific campus or program. The significance of the CFCC and UNCW agreement makes sure that a high quality CFCC graduate gets the opportunity to enroll in one of the most competitive academic institutions in the UNC system.

“UNCW is the university of choice for most of our college transfer students,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, vice president of CFCC’s instructional services division.

Of the 9,000 degree-seeking students attending CFCC this semester, roughly half are seeking a college transfer degree.

“We are proud to be one of the largest enrolling transfer institutions in the UNC system and this agreement strengthens the pathway for Cape Fear Community College students seeking to earn a degree from UNCW,” said Denise Battles, UNCW Provost.

According to statistics from the American Association of Community Colleges, of the 6.5 million college students nationwide, close to half of them attend a community college. In addition half of the students who receive a baccalaureate degree attend community college in the course of their undergraduate studies.