Work on the Teagle grant-funded Transfer Pathways pilot program is well underway with 14 private colleges and universities, 13 community colleges, plus Louisburg College, NCICU’s two-year college, participating. Representatives from those colleges met for two days in late September to begin working out the details of the requisite articulation agreements and the academic advising components of the program.
The pilot program, initiated by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in partnership with North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) and the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), will create pathways that encourage two-year college students to pursue degrees in liberal arts disciplines at independent colleges and universities. The project is being funded by The Teagle Foundation which awarded CIC a three-year, $400,000 grant to determine best practices for two-year college-to-private college pathways that can be replicated in other states.
The grant builds on the successful model already implemented by NCICU’s Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement and discipline-specific articulation agreements in nursing, visual arts, theater, and music. A key addition to this model is a peer-to-peer program that integrates both an advising component and faculty interaction into the process.
At the recent meeting, held at Salem College, Barbara Hetrick, senior advisor at CIC and liaison for the project, was on hand to provide an overview and to facilitate a number of sessions. NCICU’s president, Hope Williams, and senior advisor, Steve Brooks, led breakout sessions to propose courses for the Psychology and Sociology articulation agreements that were specified by the grant.
Additional speakers included Drew Koch, president and chief operating officer of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, and Charlie Nutt, executive director of the National Academic Advising Association.
In the coming months, peer-to-peer visits will be held to inform improved procedures for recruitment and advising of transfer two-year college students.