NC Community College System and NC Independent Colleges & Universities Sign Articulation Agreement

NC Community College System and NC Independent Colleges & Universities Sign Articulation Agreement

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 4:59pm

RALEIGH, NC – Students studying Psychology or Sociology at North Carolina’s community colleges now can seamlessly transfer to a number of private colleges and universities in the state to complete a bachelor’s degree in one of these disciplines. NC Community College System (NCCCS) president, Thomas Stith, and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) president, Hope Williams, signed articulation agreements today. The articulation agreement includes all 58 community colleges.

“I am most pleased to sign another agreement that lets us simplify processes and remove barriers for students to continue their education in North Carolina,” said Stith. “We appreciate this needed opportunity to better align with partners within NCICU to accelerate student progress.”

“NCICU and NCCCS have worked together on statewide articulation agreements since the 1990s, said Williams. “Being recognized nationally for the importance of this work is an honor and the Teagle Foundation Grant is allowing us to provide even greater support to our transfer students.”

This agreement provides a progression degree plan that includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all signatory programs. The NCICU Board approved the agreements on April 14, 2021, and the State Board of Community Colleges approved them on April 16, 2021. The agreements will go into effect immediately this 2021 spring semester and includes all 58 community colleges.

Pathways in psychology and sociology were mapped out by 14 NCICU institutions paired with 14 two-year colleges (13 community colleges and one private two-year college) (see lists below). The colleges are working together to create a “culture of transfer” that ensures students receive the most comprehensive information and are carefully advised from their first year at a two-year college until graduation with a bachelor’s degree.

Work on this agreement was funded by a grant from the Teagle Foundation through the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and includes a component of advising and policy development for financial aid to nontraditional students. “The advising and financial aid components of the grant will provide critical supplemental support to help these students be successful in completing their baccalaureate degrees,” Williams said.

In addition to Psychology and Sociology, NCICU and NCCCS have articulation agreements in Fine Arts - Music, Fine Arts – Theatre, Fine Arts – Visual Arts, Teacher Education and RN to BSN.  


Community College Partners

  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Blue Ridge Community College
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Durham Technical Community College
  • Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Guilford Technical Community College
  • Isothermal Community College
  • Roanoke-Chowan Community College
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • South Piedmont Community College
  • Stanly Community College
  • Wake Technical Community College
  • Wilson Community College


NCICU Participants

  • Barton College: psychology
  • Brevard College: psychology
  • Campbell University: psychology
  • Catawba College: psychology and sociology
  • Chowan University: psychology
  • Gardner-Webb University: psychology
  • Guilford College: psychology and sociology
  • Johnson C. Smith University: psychology
  • Louisburg College (two-year): psychology & sociology
  • Mars Hill University: psychology and sociology
  • Meredith College: psychology and sociology
  • Pfeiffer University: psychology
  • Salem College: psychology and sociology
  • Shaw University: psychology and sociology
  • William Peace University: psychology 
  • Wingate University: psychology
NCCCS President Thomas A. Stith III and NCICU President Hope Williams
NCCCS President Thomas A. Stith III and NCICU President Hope Williams