The NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) have been working hard to overcome barriers created by the COVID-19 pandemic and potential effects on high school seniors’ plans to attend college in the fall. (more)
In a research paper published by Ithaka S & R in June 2020 titled Transfer Pathways to Independent Colleges, articulation agreements between two- and four-year institutions are credited as “the first line of defense against credit loss and excess credit,” and NCICU is cited as an example of how to do this effectively.
We can look to North Carolina’s private nonprofit colleges for an example of how to do this effectively. In 1996, and most recently revised in 2015, the North Carolina Community College System entered into a comprehensive articulation agreement with North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), which now includes 30 signatories. The ultimate goal of this agreement is “the seamless articulation from the community college to the NCICU institution with minimal loss of credit or repetition of work.” This direct collaboration, which is consistent with articulation agreements between the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina system, allows two-year students the same transfer guarantees as at state four-year institutions. The agreement ensures junior-level status for associate degree earners, and the associate degree itself transfers as a unit that meets all general education requirements.
Ithaka S & R is a national non-profit that conducts research to help academic institutions improve their performance and further their missions.
NC Wesleyan College has signed an agreement that will make it easier for registered nurses to transfer their community college credits to Wesleyan in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
NC Wesleyan College is the 13th private college in the state to sign the RN to BSN articulation agreement between North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) and the NC Community College System. The agreement was established specifically to address the growing need for highly qualified nursing professionals.
“NC Wesleyan College’s 100% online RN to BSN program will fill a vital need, especially in this time of social distancing,” said NCICU president A. Hope Williams. “We are delighted that the college will be participating in NCICU’s RN to BSN agreement with the NC Community College System.”
“Wesleyan’s RN to BSN program is designed to help registered nurses achieve the education necessary to broaden their skills and advance their careers in nursing,” said Wesleyan president Evan Duff. “With multiple start dates, students can begin at their convenience and finish in as little as 12 months.”
The RN to BSN articulation agreement describes a progression plan that includes required general education and nursing prerequisite courses acceptable to all participating RN to BSN programs. Students who follow the plan and take those courses at community colleges will meet the entrance requirements for those RN to BSN programs. Nurses may apply to any of the programs without taking duplicate courses.
Under the agreement, a student who completes an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing with a GPA of at least 2.0 and a grade of C or better in specified courses, and who holds a current unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina, will have fulfilled the lower-division general education requirements and nursing program entry requirements for the participating four-year colleges and universities.
For additional information about NC Wesleyan’s nursing program, go to ncwc.edu/rn-to-bsn.
Can’t get away to visit our campuses? Here’s the next best thing. These virtual tours will give you a flavor of North Carolina’s private colleges and universities.
High Point University Belmont Abbey College
The High Point University team is the champion of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities’ (NCICU) 9th Annual Ethics Bowl. The team faced Belmont Abbey College in the final round. The theme this year was Ethics in the Agriculture, and the question for the finals was “What ethical responsibilities does the United States have to support the agricultural industry in securing the qualified workers that it needs?”
High Point University had faced Salem College in the semifinals, as Belmont Abbey faced North Carolina Wesleyan College. The case for that round considered the ethics of producing genetically modified and/or gene-edited food.
“All the participants demonstrated a high level of understanding of the complex issues presented to them,” said NCICU President Hope Williams. “It was apparent that they had done considerable research in preparation for the Ethics Bowl and their conduct and commitment to the integrity of the event instills me with great faith in these future leaders.”
Twenty-two of North Carolina’s private colleges competed in the event which was held at the North Carolina Legislative Complex in Raleigh. More than 60 corporate, nonprofit, legislative and community leaders served as judges and moderators for the two-day event
At a banquet on Friday evening, Chef Vivian Howard discussed her experience as the child of farmers in eastern North Carolina and the impact that has on her restaurants and businesses today.