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Bladen Community College, North Carolina Wesleyan ink agreement

Source Date: February 13, 2013

Bladen Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College have consummated an agreement that will provide BCC students another way to complete a bachelor's degree and do so in a shorter period of time. The agreement became effective immediately (February 12) and applies not only to current BCC students, but also, former graduates.

At the signing of the agreement, Wesleyan President Dr. James Gray explained that such programs as the one now being offered through his college are attracting more and more students not only in the region, but across the nation. He stated that the agreement allows students a way to complete their undergraduate degree while remaining in their home communities

The agreement states that the partnership between the two colleges will "enhance educational opportunities and facilitate a seamless transfer of graduates from Bladen Community College's associate degree programs to North Carolina Wesleyan College bachelor's degree programs." In the agreement, Wesleyan agrees to accept 64 hours of transfer credit from BCC Associate of Arts and Associate of Science graduates These credit hours are "guaranteed to satisfy all" Wesleyan's lower division general education requirements. In addition, Wesleyan will transfer 64 semester hours of credit from students who have completed Associate of Applied Science degree programs in a number of degree areas.

The agreement will allow students to transfer into Wesleyan's traditional model as well as into its ASPIRE (Adult Student Programs: Innovative, Respected & Engaging), an accelerated program geared to the needs of adult learners.

Wesleyan was a pioneer in programs for adult learners in three market areas. It began offering programs geared to this demographic in the 1970s.

In ASPIRE, classes are offered in 8-week and 5-week formats. Each meets weekly in 6 - 10 p.m. class sessions. The 5-week model is a blended model that includes an online component. These classes are offered at various locations dependent on the class. Another 8-week online accelerated format is also offered.

According to Dr. Gray, Wesleyan is offering more and more of its classes in an online format. Currently the agreement between BCC and Wesleyan will allow students transferring from BCC in the ASPIRE program to pursue degrees in business administration, criminal justice, and elementary/special education. Dr. Gray stated that plans call for adding other degree areas in the near future.

A representative from Wesleyan will be on the BCC campus periodically to provide transfer information. A schedule of visits will be available soon