Daily News-Record 4/2/19
BRIDGEWATER — Two area colleges are working together to make a bachelor’s degree more accessible to students.
Bridgewater College and Blue Ridge Community College signed a new guaranteed admission agreement allowing students meeting certain requirements to transfer directly from the community college to Bridgewater’s bachelor’s degree program and enter with junior status.
Bridgewater President David Bushman and Blue Ridge Community College President John Downey signed the agreement on Tuesday at Bridgewater College. The day also marked Bridgewater College’s annual Founder’s Day ceremony, which commemorates the birth of its founder, Daniel Christian Flory.
BRCC already has a guarantee admission agreement with James Madison University and other public four-year institutions, but this is the first private school BRCC has worked with in this way.
Downey and Bushman have been working on the agreement for about five years, Bushman said.
Bushman said that knowing the quality of the associate program at BRCC makes it “a great preparation for a four-year college,” and that this agreement will streamline the process.
Under the agreement, students graduating from Blue Ridge’s Associate in Arts and Sciences degree program in the College Transfer program would be guaranteed junior status when they transfer to Bridgewater College, according to a press With private schools it’s harder to get started because there is pressure from the public schools. But this is the right thing to do.
Among the conditions of the agreement, students will be required to maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 while attending BRCC and will sign a letter of intent to enroll at Bridgewater.
Courses taken at BRCC will transfer directly to Bridgewater, and transfer students will only be required to complete four additional credit hours of liberal arts-based coursework.
The additional coursework U “serves as a gateway to the liberal arts curriculum at Bridgewater and provides students with a number
of critical skills necessary for liberal arts-based education. “With private schools it’s harder to get started because there is pressure from the public schools,” Downey said. “But this is the right thing to do.” Downey said he’s excited for the faculties to work together to streamline the liberal arts curriculum.
While BRCC students have always transferred to Bridgewater, Bushman said he’s hoping this agreement will bring even more students to Bridgewater.
“This shows that public and private institutions can work together with the same end goal,” Bushman said.