UNC ex­pand­ing com­mu­nity col­lege trans­fer program

The News & Observer - - News - BY JANE STANCILL js­tan­[email protected]­sob­server.com Jane Stancill: 919- 829- 4559, @janes­tancill

UNC-Chapel Hill has an­nounced an ex­pan­sion of its trans­fer program for com­mu­nity col­lege stu­dents, adding new part­ner­ships with Guil­ford Tech­ni­cal and Cen­tral Pied­mont com­mu­nity col­leges.

The ini­tia­tive, an­nounced Fri­day morn­ing, was made pos­si­ble with a $1.13 mil­lion grant from the Glaxo SmithK­line Foun­da­tion and will in­clude new sup­port pro­grams for stu­dents ma­jor­ing in fields of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Uni­ver­si­ties across North Carolina are es­tab­lish­ing part­ner­ships with nearby com­mu­nity col­leges to pro­vide stu­dents with a smoother path from a twoyear col­lege to a four-year de­gree. The goal is reaching more low- and mid­dlein­come stu­dents who begin their ed­u­ca­tion at low­er­cost com­mu­nity col­leges. UNC was a leader in the ef­fort with its program known as C-STEP, or Carolina Stu­dent Trans­fer Ex­cel­lence Program.

The C-STEP program, started in 2006, guar­an­tees qual­i­fied stu­dents a spot at UNC if they earn an as­so­ciate’s de­gree from a part­ner com­mu­nity col­lege while main­tain­ing a 3.2 or higher grade point av­er­age. It is avail­able to stu­dents with fam­ily in­comes at or be­low 300 per­cent of the fed­eral poverty level.

UNC’s program is adding new part­ner­ships with the col­leges in Greens­boro and Char­lotte, bring­ing the to­tal to 13. Other com­mu­nity col­leges where stu­dents are el­i­gi­ble are Ala­mance, Cape Fear, Carteret, Cen­tral Carolina, Craven, Durham Tech, Fayetteville Tech, Robe­son, Sand­hills, South­west­ern and Wake Tech.

About 44 per­cent of trans­fer stu­dents at UNC come through the C-STEP program, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease, and they earn de­grees at a rate of 85.5 per­cent. The stu­dents re­ceive spe­cial ad­vis­ing to help them make the tran­si­tion to the uni­ver­sity.

The new STEM ini­tia­tive will go be­yond the ad­vis­ing ser­vices, of­fer­ing stu­dents in sci­ence fields in­tern­ships and lab as­sist­ant­ships, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

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