Durham Tech, NCCU forging new transfer agreement
Students will soon be able to take Durham Technical Community College classes while living on N.C. Central University’s campus, an evolving agreement between the two institutions that will be a first for the state.
NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White shared with trustees this week that students will be accepted at both institutions and then spend their first two years studying at Durham Tech.
“They will truly be Eagles, so the transition from the community college to, indeed, our environment, will be a seamless one,” she said.
The program is being modeled after the dual enrollment resident program between Indiana University at Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College, which Durham Tech President Bill Ingram saw firsthand during a 2012 trip to Bloomington.
This type of resident agreement will be a first for the University of North Carolina system and the state of North Carolina.
Ingram said both institutions are working out the details, from financial aid and academic policies to transportation. The schools are about a mile from each other.
He said the program provides the benefits of a small community college environment alongside the social aspects of campus life.
The community partnership with N.C. Central isn’t new, Ingram said. Durham Tech students have worked within NCCU’s BRITE program, a biotechnology educational initiative. They’ve had articulation agreements in place for areas of study such as criminal justice and early childhood education.
There were 59 Durham Tech students who transferred to N.C. Central in the 2011-12 year, according to UNC system numbers. The students had a mean GPA of 3.29 by spring of 2012.
This new resident program, Ingram said, will build on the recently revised statewide initiative announced Feb. 21. The State Board of Community Colleges and University of North Carolina Board of Governors signed a revised comprehensive articulation agreement to more easily define college transfer options.
This statewide change will take effect this fall and identifies foundational courses that will transfer to all UNC campuses to meet general education requirements, and encourages community college students to complete an associate degree.
“In many ways, it’s a very nice complement to some of the work that's being done on the state level,” Ingram said of the new resident program.
The agreement between NCCU and Durham Tech may begin as soon as this fall with 50 students.
“If it works well, it could be a model for other colleges and universities in communities and the state,” he said. “We think we're on to something.”