This week both the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) and Kentucky Christian University in Grayson announced major efforts to ease transfer for Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree.
The University of Pikeville and KCTCS articulation agreement encompasses the entire KCTCS system. It provides opportunities for students to enroll jointly at KCTCS and UPIKE and for students with designated associate degrees to pursue a bachelor’s degree in 10 different programs. Students who participate in the KCTCS/UPIKE Joint Admission/Joint Enrollment Program will receive additional advising support and can enroll in courses at UPIKE at a reduced tuition rate while they are enrolled in classes at KCTCS. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for guaranteed admission to UPIKE.
For complete details, including which associate degrees and programs are included, see the story on upike.edu.
The transfer agreement between Kentucky Christian University and Ashland Community and Technical College focuses specifically on easing transfer for students pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and on making it cheaper for students to earn their four-year degree. The agreement calls for students to complete the first year of their nursing education at ACTC, then transfer to KCU for the remainder of the BSN program. The articulation agreement guarantees students’ credits earned at ACTC will transfer to Kentucky Christian University and apply toward the BSN at KCU. While ACTC (and many KCTCS schools) has a fine associate degree program for registered nurses, the BSN opens up further opportunities for career advancement as it is particularly valued by hospitals and other healthcare employers. The KCU program opens up access to the four-year nursing degree that was previously unavailable in the region.
The KCU and ACTC transfer agreement was lauded by the Ashland Daily Independent for reducing the costs to local residents pursuing a BSN, both by providing the ability to take the first year of courses at the lower ACTC tuition rate and the opportunity to complete KCU’s BSN program online.
Increasing transfer is a major public policy emphasis in Kentucky and is a primary component of Stronger by Degrees, Kentucky’s 2011-2015 strategic plan for adult and postsecondary education. A number of AIKCU institutions have articulation agreements and partnerships with KCTCS that have historically allowed AIKCU to serve a relatively large percentage of the state’s transfers from KCTCS to four-year institutions.