MEDIA ADVISORY UPDATED (Additional college signed on to agreement.)
RELEASE DATE: August 26, 2015
CONTACT: NC Community Colleges: Chreatha Alston, (919) 807-6975; firstname.lastname@example.org
NC Independent Colleges and Universities: Dr. A. Hope Williams, (919) 832-5817; email@example.com
Community Colleges, Independent Colleges and Universities to Sign Revised Transfer Agreement at 1 p.m. on August 27
Joined by presidents of both community colleges and private colleges and universities, NC Community College System President, Dr. R. Scott Ralls and Dr. A. Hope Williams, President of NC Independent Colleges and Universities, will sign a revised Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) between the two systems. Under the revised ICAA, students’ options for transferring between community colleges and the independent institutions that adopt the agreement will be more defined and easier to follow, providing a clearer pathway to educational achievement. Representing agreement between the North Carolina Community College System and its 58 community colleges and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and the 22 independent institutions that have agreed to adopt the new standards to date, the signing will take place Thursday, August 27 at 1 p.m. in the Main Building at William Peace University, located at 15 E. Peace Street in Raleigh.
Media covering the event are asked to meet in the lobby of the Main Building and contact Ian Dunne, Director of Communications and Marketing at William Peace University, at (704) 516-4620. Parking is available in the visitor spaces next to the university’s Welcome Center. A campus map can be found here.
Immediately following the signing ceremony, a press availability with leaders from both systems and individual campus representatives will be held.
This signing represents an unprecedented alignment among all higher education in North Carolina. In February 2014, the State Board of Community Colleges and the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina system, signed a similar agreement, updating guidelines that have saved students and families both time and money, and that have stretched taxpayer-funded dollars. The addition of at least 22 independent colleges and universities brings the three higher education systems into stronger alignment regarding transfer credits, a positive in both financial and attainment terms for North Carolinians seeking a baccalaureate degree.
Approximately 2,000 community college students transfer to one of North Carolina’s 36 independent higher education institutions each year. The revised ICAA will go into effect for new college transfer students in the fall of 2015 at the signatory colleges.