February 1, 2012
By ASHLEY JACKSON - Bulletin Staff Writer
Patrick Henry Community College and Averett University have begun a Passport Transfer Program to help more students receive four-year degrees.
The AU/PHCC Passport Transfer Program will serve promising students from Martinsville and Franklin, Henry, and Patrick counties who do not initially meet Averett’s admissions requirements, according to a news release. They will become better prepared for collegiate work through their initial enrollment at PHCC, the release stated.
The program is open to both traditional-aged college students and adult students returning to the classroom. When they successfully complete the approved prerequisites (12 credits), students will qualify for guaranteed admission to the university in Danville, the release said.
Eligibility for the transfer program is based on performance in high school and SAT/ACT scores, the release said.
Eligible students will receive selection letters, attend orientation sessions, sign agreements and meet with the Averett Transfer counselor and the PHCC Passport adviser, who will help customize the courses to each student’s academic needs, said Averett President Tiffany M. Franks.
Once the requirements are completed, “it’s a seamless, convenient open door to come to Averett,” she said.
The students who enroll in the Passport Transfer Program will begin their classes in the fall, said PHCC President Max F. Wingett.
To transfer, the students will have to take developmental studies courses, such as math and English, at PHCC, and then 12 hours of college-level math, English and other general studies courses, according to Wingett.
Passport students will receive an Averett student ID and email address and will be invited to participate in university cultural, athletic and social activities, the release said.
The partnership is “another opportunity for our students to get that four-year degree,” said Wingett.
The focus of the partnership is to show students who were not ready to attend a four-year university that a bachelor’s degree is possible, Franks said.
The partnership already has begun, and PHCC and Averett staff are talking with potential students, she said.
Before the Passport transfer program, PHCC and Averett had an articulation agreement in which both schools agreed on the courses that had to be completed to transfer, according to Franks.
In the past, PHCC students received an associate degree and then transferred to Averett. Now, “while they (the students) are at PHCC, they are one of ours as well,” Franks said.
PHCC and Averett “have had a long, historic relationship, and to me, whenever we can come together as partners to create and expand opportunities for education, we know we are realizing our shared missions,” Franks said.
“Averett has been so solid in providing post-secondary opportunities to the citizens of this area, and we are very happy to be able to continue that,” said Jeff Porter, dean of Student Development Services at PHCC.
Franks and Wingett signed the agreement for the program on Tuesday. It “reflects our shared attempt to open more doors of opportunity,” Franks said.
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