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Recognizing that many students engage in education as a life long learning process, Thomas Nelson Community College and Old Dominion University have renewed and expanded their articulation agreement to enhance the transfer track to a baccalaureate degree for TNCC students.

The new articulation agreement renews the current agreement for students who are enrolled in a college transfer curricula, that is, an Associate in Arts (A.A.), or an Associate in Science (A.S.). It also expands the transfer opportunities for TNCC students who are enrolled in an Associate in Applied Science degree programs (A.A.S. degree). In a unique partnership with three high schools, Hampton, Newport News and James City County, the agreement also provides a program of joint admission for high school students who may be interested in pursuing a career in teaching mathematics or science. Students who qualify for the Seamless Teacher Education Program will be admitted to TNCC and ODU at the same time. In the joint admission program, students will take their first two years at TNCC and continue without interruption at ODU. These students will have access to the resources and facilities at both institutions.

Charles A. Taylor, TNCC President said, "We are very excited at the opportunity we have to expand our partnership with ODU to provide our students with a smooth transfer process. The joint admission portion of this program is an outstanding show of cooperation between two institutions that will impact our ability to provide qualified math and science teachers to our community."

"Thanks to the vision and leadership of President Taylor and the diligent efforts of the staffs of Thomas Nelson Community College and Old Dominion University, we are proud to announce a program which simplifies transition from high school to college to university," said Old Dominion President Roseann Runte. "Equally important, the program promotes the study of science education, a field with outstanding career opportunities for the best and brightest students who truly want to make a difference in an area of great need."

The articulation agreement states that Old Dominion University will guarantee admission to TNCC students provided they achieve the requirements outlined in the agreement. The criteria include graduating from a transfer degree program with a specified grade point average and completing a certain number of credit hours at TNCC in an articulated program with ODU. Dr. Ronald M. Davis, VP for Academic Affairs said, "Articulation agreements such as this play an important role in facilitating the success of students transferring from TNCC to four-year institutions of higher education."

An institutional effectiveness study conducted by TNCC indicated that 87.1% of TNCC students who transfer to a four-year institution of higher education are in good academic standing a year after they transfer to a four year institution of higher education. That number rises to 95% if the student completes a degree transfer program at TNCC before enrolling in a four-year institution of higher education.

For further information on how to take advantage of this articulation agreement please contact Dr. Don Bartholomay, Dean of Natural, Health and Social Sciences at 825-3672.

This article was posted on: June 28, 2005

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