Meredith College has signed an articulation agreement that will allow students studying psychology or sociology at a North Carolina community college to seamlessly transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree in one of these disciplines.
The articulation agreement with Meredith and 13 other NC Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) includes all 58 community colleges and goes into effect with the Fall 2021 semester.
This agreement provides a progression degree plan that includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all signatory programs.
Pathways in psychology and sociology were mapped out by 14 NCICU institutions paired with 14 two-year colleges. The colleges are working together to create a “culture of transfer” that ensures students receive the most comprehensive information and are carefully advised from their first year at a two-year college until graduation with a bachelor’s degree.
Meredith Associate Professor of Sociology Kris Macomber and Assistant Professor of Psychology Betty-Shannon Prevatt were involved in the development of these transfer pathways.
“This is an exciting time for the social sciences — psychology and sociology alike — who are on the front lines studying the range of social and interpersonal impact of major cultural changes,” Macomber said. “Our articulation agreement makes transitioning from a community college an open and welcoming process that sets students up for success.”
Prevatt noted that without articulation agreements like this one, transferring can lengthen a student’s time earning a degree.
“The average transfer student loses about 12 hours (or one whole semester) of coursework so it is great that Meredith and the other independent colleges are working to help students maximize their resources,” Prevatt said.
Meredith has established other articulation agreements with the North Carolina Community College System, which makes completing a four-year degree at Meredith more attainable for transfer students.