The College and Guilford Technical Community College have completed an agreement that allows GTCC students to transfer seamlessly to Guilford College.
Representatives of the two institutions signed the articulation agreement Jan. 22 on GTCC’s Jamestown Campus. Effective immediately, the agreement offers students a path from an associate degree at GTCC to a bachelor’s degree at Guilford College.
“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 work with GTCC to provide students with a path to an excellent liberal arts education at Guilford College.”
The agreement is designed to provide students with cost-effective opportunities to excel in higher education. During the past several years, about 70 students per year on average have transferred from GTCC to Guilford College.
“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.”
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.
Students at GTCC 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.
GTCC has articulation agreements with other private institutions as well as existing statewide articulation agreements, including the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement of 1997 between North Carolina’s 58 community colleges and the 16 University of North Carolina institutions, and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with a number of private N.C. colleges and universities.
Guilford is in the process of finalizing a similar articulation agreement with Alamance Community College in Burlington.