November 1, 2018 – Davidson County Community College (DCCC) and UNC Greensboro (UNCG) have partnered to create a smooth and continuous transition for community college students. Current and prospective DCCC students seeking to continue their studies and earn a bachelor’s degree can now enroll in the new co-admissions program called DCCC Spartan Passage. The program aims to improve student access to higher education.
The agreement gives DCCC students working toward earning an associate degree the opportunity to complete their studies at UNCG without needing to reapply. Students who apply to DCCC Spartan Passage will have the UNCG application fee waived and may be eligible for scholarships. Throughout their time at DCCC, participants must complete 15-17 credit hours of coursework per term, earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 and complete associate degree requirements at DCCC.
“This strategic partnership helps DCCC to provide students with even more opportunity for the future,” President Mary Rittling said. “The goal is to make the possibility of continuing undergraduate education less complex. We are excited to partner with UNCG and feel confident that the educational experiences provided by both institutions will serve program participants in their educational and professional endeavors.”
Participants are automatically eligible for many UNCG bachelor’s degree programs. Others requiring auditions or secondary admissions processes may require additional steps by the applicant. The program also offers six accelerated master’s degree programs that would create a path for community college students to go from associate degree to bachelor’s and then master’s.
“The UNCG-DCCC ‘Spartan Passage’ partnership expands educational opportunities for students, allowing them to pursue and complete their baccalaureate degrees in a selection of nearly 60 popular majors including Business Administration, Biology, Psychology, and Computer Science,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “By providing DCCC students with a seamless transition to the UNC Greensboro campus, this collaboration will produce a greater number of workforce-ready, qualified graduates at a significant cost-savings to them. Co-admitted students are eligible for many valuable UNCG benefits, including access to the UNCG University Library, the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Health and Wellness, and UNCG academic advising, among others.”
Staff from both institutions will work together with students to ensure coordinated federal and state financial aid. Academic advisors will work with students to maximize the number of credits that will apply toward a bachelor’s degree at UNCG.
About Davidson County Community College
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is a fully accredited, multi-campus college where students of all ages and backgrounds pursue academic and career-focused education in order to build successful futures. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers more than 40 degree and professional certificate programs to students in Davidson and Davie counties, as well as affordable college-credit coursework to students who plan to transfer to 4-year universities. With a mission to serve the changing needs of students competing in a global environment, DCCC is committed to quality education, innovative and equitable learning experiences, training, and support across a wide range of 21st-century career fields. Visit Davidson County Community College at DavidsonCCC.edu.
About UNC Greensboro
UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 50 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 2,700+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu.