(NEWS RELEASE) Representatives from North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC, visited the campus of Robeson Community College on Friday, November 22, at 11:00 a.m. to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. Robeson President Dr. Pamela Hilbert and Vice President Dr. Mark Kinlaw met with North Carolina Wesleyan President Jim Gray, Provost Dr. Michael Brown, Vice President Dr. Evan Duff, and Director Katie Farrell in the Robeson Community College Health Science Building Conference Room where Presidents Hilbert and Gray signed the agreement.
The memorandum, which will provide options for Robeson Community College students who might wish to transfer to North Carolina Wesleyan, offers assurances that courses taken at Robeson Community College in the areas of Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Science will transfer to comparable programs at North Carolina Wesleyan for students desiring to continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree.
Gray stated, “We are delighted to be in partnership with Robeson Community College because it will greatly benefit our two schools’ students. It really is all about the educational opportunities we can give our students and graduates, and this is a welcome step forward.”
North Carolina Wesleyan, a four-year coeducational liberal arts college with a traditional enrollment of about 650 students on its Rocky Mount campus, also serves another 900 students in its adult education programs and has similar agreements with Cape Fear, Brunswick and Southeastern Community Colleges in southeastern North Carolina as well as several others in the central and northeastern part of the state.
Officials at both colleges see this opportunity as a win-win situation for both schools and their respective students. The opportunity to pursue a four-year degree upon completion of an Associate’s degree will be attractive to Robeson Community College students; North Carolina Wesleyan has the opportunity to grow its enrollment with a pool of students who have proven that they have the academic skills to succeed in an institution of higher education.
Dr. Evan Duff, Vice President of Adult & Professional Studies at North Carolina Wesleyan, said, “Partnerships and articulation agreements are an important and necessary element in higher education. North Carolina Wesleyan College strives to provide access to a bachelor’s degree to as many NC community college graduates as possible. Establishing these effective and seamless transfer opportunities to the graduates of Robeson Community College brings life to our school’s mission in regards to lifelong learning. Adult students will have access to several degree programs in Whiteville at Southeastern Community College and students who want a more traditional path can join our main campus in Rocky Mount. ASPIRE classes are offered in an accelerated 8-week, one-night-a week format, and we also offer many classes online.”