The University of Mount Olive and Robeson Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer
The University of Mount Olive and Robeson Community College
Partner to Enhance College Transfer
MOUNT OLIVE- According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 15 percent of community college students who transfer lose nearly all of their credits in the process, costing them precious time and money. Another third lose a significant proportion of their credits. In all, students who transfer from any kind of college or university to another lose an average of 13 credits when they do, and nearly 40 percent get no credit for the work they’ve already completed. That is exactly what a recent agreement between the University of Mount Olive (UMO) and Robeson Community College (RCC) plans to guard against.
UMO and RCC have reached a partnership agreement that will enhance and expand options for community college students. Through the partnership agreement RCC students who have earned an associate of applied science degree can transfer seamlessly into an array of programs at UMO, including Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Education.
In the partnership, the University of Mount Olive and Robeson Community College will enhance and expand the University of Mount Olive’s participation as a signatory institution in the North Carolina Community College System Independent Colleges and Universities Universal General Education Transfer Component Agreement (UGETC). This agreement honors the transfer of associate of arts and associate of science graduates’ programs of study. It also allows RCC students to be eligible to apply for all state and federal financial aid.
To make it even easier, the University of Mount Olive will regularly have an admission representative on site at RCC for advising students interested in transferring. RCC will also encourage UMO to students by promoting the partnership in publications and on College website. UMO will provide current RCC students and recent graduates guaranteed admission and acceptance of appropriate transfer hours, up to 64 credits from specified AAS programs with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. RCC graduates will be eligible for consideration of the full range of academic programs at the University of Mount Olive locations.
The partnership between UMO and RCC is what Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter, president of the University of Mount Olive, says will create an excellent opportunity for community college students to continue their education and prepare them for the future.
The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College. For more information, visit old.umo.edu.
Robeson Community College is an open door, comprehensive, public community college committed to promoting lifelong learning opportunities to the diverse population of Robeson County and the surrounding region by offering associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. As a member of the North Carolina Community College System, Robeson Community College values excellence in teaching and learning. For more information, visit www.robeson.edu.
Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter, president of the University of Mount Olive (left) and Dr. Pamela Hilbert, president of Robeson Community College, sign a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.