Transfering LCCC students to benefit from new agreement with UW

(Wyoming) - Students who transfer from Laramie County Community College to the University of Wyoming will now be able to count more of their community college courses toward a bachelor’s degree at UW, thanks to new articulation agreements between the two colleges. For community college students who want to pursue bachelor’s degree, “2+2 articulations,” are clear, coherent pathways for students beginning in community colleges and transferring to universities. This will map out the entire programmatic requirements from day one at a community college up through graduation at the university. The “1=1 articulation,” allows students who complete a general education core at LCCC to transfer to UW having satisfied comparable curricula to UW’s University Studies Program. This will help more LCCC students who move on to UW without an associate’s degree, says LCCC President Joe Schaffer. “Many students come to LCCC just for their general education courses before transferring, and they will see the most benefit,” Schaffer says. “Because of our close proximity to UW, especially with our Albany County campus, we have students who transfer early with just their general education. Historically, though, when they transferred, if they didn’t have the 60-plus credit associate degree, they couldn’t demonstrate they met the UW university studies program, making them susceptible to the requirement of retaking general education courses.” The 1=1 articulation will fix that gap, while also giving students a recognizable “completion” to celebrate and take with them to UW. Both of these aspects have been proven by research to make students more successful in completing their bachelor’s degrees. “The students who come to UW from LCCC generally are well prepared to succeed in their studies toward bachelor’s degrees,” UW President Dick McGinity says. “We’re delighted that our collaborations with LCCC are making possible a smoother transition for these strong transfer students.” Faculty and administration at LCCC and UW have been working over the past two years to redesign general education programs, focusing on student learning outcomes -- what students can do with their education, rather than simply what courses they have taken. “This agreement still allows those students to complete a valuable program at LCCC and transfer to UW without having to retake general education courses,” Schaffer says. *Feature photo: Meryl DePasquale/Pitchengine Communities* #shortgo #news