Articulation agreements have been established for 49 degrees and emphasis areas between Colorado State University-Pueblo and Pueblo Community College as a result of a Title V grant which focuses on transfer students and the partnership between the two schools. Faculty and administrators from the two schools will celebrate the accomplishment with an official signing and reception at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom.
The agreements make the transition to CSU-Pueblo seamless for potential PCC transfer students by eliminating much of the confusion on which classes students need without taking unnecessary or duplicate coursework. Students can earn an associate’s degree by completing their first 60 hours at PCC, and earn a bachelor’s degree at CSU-Pueblo by completing their last 60 hours on the Belmont campus. Students who enter PCC with a plan to transfer to the University will have their first two years of coursework mapped out for a seamless transition to CSU-Pueblo.
According to Joe Marshall, assistant vice president of enrollment management, the agreements are in place for every major and emphasis area at CSU-Pueblo, except nursing.
“These agreements make transferring to CSU-Pueblo from PCC easy because students can see exactly what the requirements for each degree are at CSU-Pueblo and what PCC courses will apply. It removes the guess work for students and advisors alike,” he said. “Over the last five years, an average of 165 PCC students have transferred to CSU-Pueblo, and we expect those numbers to increase due to efforts like this articulation agreement project.”
In addition to the articulation agreements, CSU-Pueblo visits PCC every other week and offers on-site transfer evaluations. Students also receive application fee waivers and scholarships through the Destination CSU-Pueblo Transfer Program. The Visitor and Transfer Center provides appointments for potential transfer students to assist with transfer of credits, registration, campus tours, and any other questions a transfer student has.
Marshall said the agreements with PCC are but the first step in a process to provide similar agreements with every community college in Colorado, with the Pikes Peak Community College agreements scheduled for completion by the end of the summer.
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