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UNCW and Cape Fear Community College Reaffirm Articulation Agreement

Monday, September 29, 2014

Leaders from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College have signed the latest version of an articulation agreement designed to provide an easier transition between the two institutions.  

The local agreement assures CFCC graduates acceptance into UNCW, provided that CFCC students earn an associate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. This agreement is in addition to the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA), which is a statewide arrangement that governs the transfer of credits between the state’s community colleges and public universities.

The agreement between CFCC and UNCW differs from the statewide CAA in that it offers the benefit of acceptance at the student's school of choice, which among a vast majority of CFCC students is UNCW. However, the UNCW agreement establishes a higher standard for students than the statewide agreement requires. Through the statewide CAA, graduates of any of the North Carolina Community Colleges are assured admittance to one of the UNC institutions, but not assured admittance to a specific campus or program. The significance of the CFCC and UNCW agreement makes sure that a high quality CFCC graduate gets the opportunity to enroll in one of the most competitive academic institutions in the UNC system.

Of the 9,000 degree-seeking students attending CFCC this semester, roughly half are seeking a college transfer degree.

“We are proud to be one of the largest enrolling transfer institutions in the UNC system and this agreement strengthens the pathway for Cape Fear Community College students seeking to earn a degree from UNCW,” said Denise Battles, UNCW Provost.

According to statistics from the American Association of Community Colleges, of the 6.5 million college students nationwide, close to half of them attend a community college. In addition half of the students who receive a baccalaureate degree attend community college in the course of their undergraduate studies.

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