The University of Central Arkansas and Black River Technical College are working together to make baccalaureate degrees more attainable for students across northeast Arkansas through the 2+2 Program.
The collaborative effort, which allows students to directly transfer from a two-year college to a four-year university, seeks to simplify the transition process and maximize the value of students’ education investments.
According to UCA, a 2+2 transfer outlines specific classes students can take as part of their associate coursework at a community college that will simultaneously apply toward the first two years of a baccalaureate degree. The agreements use the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) and rely on the approval of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
UCA has direct transfer agreements with 19 of 22 Arkansas community colleges. The goals of these streamlined partnerships include higher enrollment, retention and graduation rates, which have been rising steadily in the state over the past few years.
“Historically, there has been a disconnect for transfer students from two-year to four-year environments,” UCA Director of Transfer Services Brian Corbin said. As part of the 2+2 partnership, students at community colleges like BRTC are now provided graduation checklists that outline the requirements at individual four-year schools. UCA reviews more than 500 checklists per year to ensure listings are up-to-date.
“We’re building highways right now, so students will be able to drive on them in the future,” Corbin said. “This is a commitment that we’re making. The agreements are just the beginning.”
While BRTC offers 61 degrees at its…
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