Durham Tech, NC Wesleyan agree on transfers

Jan. 05, 2013 @ 03:04 PM


Durham Technical Community College graduates now have another established route to obtaining a four-year degree.

The two-year community college this week signed a memo of understanding with N.C. Wesleyan College that formalizes a transfer partnership between the two schools.

The agreement stipulates that N.C. Wesleyan will automatically accept DTCC graduates who are at least 22 years old and who finish their two-year program with at least a 2.0 grade point average.

N.C. Wesleyan will provide DTCC graduates who transfer into the traditional program, in Rocky Mount, a financial aid package that will make their direct cost of attendance equivalent to the direct cost at state-supported schools, such as N.C. State University.

N.C. Wesleyan also offers an adult education degree program in Research Triangle Park.

Durham Tech, meanwhile, will encourage both graduates in their associate in arts and associate in science programs to continue their education at N.C. Wesleyan. Both schools will promote the dual partnership in a variety of ways.

“N.C. Wesleyan's mission to prepare students for their professional advancement, support life-long learning and encourage responsive participation in the community is closely aligned with Durham Tech's stated purpose of enhancing students' lives and our broader community through teaching, learning and service,” said Bill Ingram, the Durham Tech president.

Earlier last fall, Durham Tech signed another memo of understanding with Meredith College, smoothing the transfer of qualified DTCC graduates to the Raleigh school.

The two memos follow an earlier, similar agreement with N.C. Central University.

By smoothing the transfer process — and making sure all credits earned at the community college are accepted at the four-year schools — the agreements are designed to encourage the completion of both associate’s and undergraduate degrees.

Only one in five community college students transfers to a four-year institution. But when they do, they’re likely to succeed.

Sixty percent of those who transfer earn their bachelor’s degree, according to recent research. And if they’ve already received their associate’s diploma, they’re even more likely to get that bachelor’s.

“We are trying to listen to what our students and our communities are asking for and respond in a positive way,” said N.C. Wesleyan President James Gray III. “We are all part of the same continuum of education.”