Above, ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood (center) signed the Co-Admission agreement at a ceremony on August 4 with UNCG Chancellor Dr. Franklin Gilliam (left) and GTCC President Dr. Randy Parker.
Alamance Community College students who are interested in completing their bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro now have a fresh opportunity to get started with a new co-admission program that guarantees university enrollment if they earn an associate’s degree and maintain a 2.00 GPA while at ACC.
Beginning in fall 2017, the Co-Admission Program provides a pathway for ACC students toward full admission to UNCG but with only a single application and a waived UNCG fee. ACC students who opt into this program will have full access to UNCG services before they transfer: all UNCG library services, on-site advising, coordinated federal and financial aid disbursement, access to computer services, sports and campus activities, and more.
The Co-Admission Program with UNCG also includes Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC).
The core values of this new agreement between ACC and UNCG are multi-layered, but is largely designed to improve the success of student transfer rates between the institutions; expand educational choices; provide ready access to comprehensive support services regardless of student location; and coordinate seamless administration of admission, financial aid and other student support services.
“The chief selling point of the Co-Admission Program is that students have guaranteed admission as a junior to UNCG,” says Cathy Johnson, Vice President of Instruction at ACC. “The program is not limited to a specific number of applicants. All interested students may apply and UNCG has already reached out to incoming ACC students this summer.”
Students admitted to the Co-Admission Program will work toward a bachelor’s degree in one of 56 majors at UNCG. Johnson says another advantage for ACC students is that they may take certain classes at both ACC and UNCG simultaneously–such as those in ACC’s transfer program and UNCG’s Elementary Education program–as a way to matriculate toward the bachelor’s degree program in a timely manner.
“What this program does is allow our students to link their studies with programs at UNCG, and provides them access to many university perks before they actually transfer,” said Johnson.
Students interested in specific departments, such as the Bryan School of Business, still need to qualify for admission to those schools according to prerequisite guidelines.
“We at Alamance Community College are very grateful and excited to partner with UNCG on this initiative that creates a pathway for many of our students to qualify for guaranteed admission and accessibility to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro,” said ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood. “I commend Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. and the other excellent personnel at UNCG for working so agreeably with our staff on this partnership. We look forward to maximizing the benefit of this agreement and forging new opportunities for our students to advance from the Associate Degree at Alamance Community College to earn the bachelor’s degree through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”