CCAC and Westminster College sign new articulation agreement

CCAC and Westminster presidents sign articulation agreements
 
Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County and Westminster College have entered into a collaborative agreement to facilitate the transfer of CCAC students into seven baccalaureate programs at the private liberal arts college located in New Wilmington, Pa. The presidents of CCAC and Westminster College finalized the agreement with a signing ceremony on Wednesday, June 1, at 10:00 a.m. in Byers Hall on CCAC’s Allegheny Campus.

The articulation agreement, the first such collaboration between CCAC and Westminster College, provides students who earn an associate degree an academic pathway to transfer into a parallel bachelor’s degree program at Westminster College. The agreement, which takes effect immediately for graduates who have met the requirements of programs in the current catalog, will facilitate the transfer of CCAC students into the following baccalaureate programs: Accounting, Business, Biology, Criminal Justice Studies, Psychology, Theatre, and Early Childhood/Special Education.

“Today, the Community College of Allegheny County and Westminster College have entered into a truly historic agreement, one which creates the foundation for a strategic and dynamic partnership between our two great institutions and will enable graduates of some of CCAC’s most popular associate degree programs the opportunity to seamlessly transfer to Westminster in order to further their educational goals,” said CCAC President Dr. Quintin B. Bullock. “Through our shared commitment to quality educational programming, we are helping to ensure that future graduates have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive and changing world.”       

Westminster College President Richard H. Dorman said, “Westminster College is excited to partner with the Community College of Allegheny County in this important initiative that will expand the higher education options for many students wishing to study in a variety of academic fields. As today’s students seek greater flexibility as they appraise the higher education choices available to them, this agreement provides improved access and affordability to achieve a quality education through this partnership of two outstanding institutions. We hope that many students take full advantage of the opportunities this agreement now presents.”

The coordination of transferable coursework, supported through academic advising, will help ensure a successful transition. Students are encouraged to work with CCAC and Westminster counselors to carefully plan their course of study. When transferring, CCAC students must apply for admission, submit required transcripts and meet Westminster’s admissions requirements.

Photo: CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock and Westminster College President Dr. Richard H. Dorman sign the new articulation agreement.

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit www.ccac.edu to learn more.

About Westminster College
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also ranked as the number one school providing the “Best Value” in Pennsylvania” by Smartasset, selected as one of the “Top 25 Best Private College Values in the Northeast,” was honored as one of “The Best 379 Colleges” by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President’s Honor Roll for excellence in service learning. Nearly 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individual attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit
www.westminster.edu/advantage to view “Advantage Westminster” A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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