Community colleges launch improved admission system

Bridge to Bachelor's Degree Program offers seamless pathway to four-year university

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A new, guaranteed admission program will provide Colorado Community College System students pursuing an associate degree a more solid path to admission to a partner four-year university.

Arapahoe Community College is among the partners of the Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree Program, an agreement between the community college system and several of Colorado’s universities that will provide a more seamless and affordable pathway to pursuing a bachelor’s degree, according to a news release.

“Students are our mission, and during these challenging times it has never been more important for us to provide opportunities that allow our institutions to meet students where they are,” Joe Garcia, chancellor of the Colorado Community College System, said in the news release. “Now may be time when the smart, strategic choice for many students is to stay closer to home. That is where our 13 colleges and 40 locations across Colorado come in.”

The Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree Program conditionally admits community college students to a partner university, without the need to take a college placement test, and strategically places support systems where students need them most, the release said.

New, first-time students will be prompted to sign up for Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree during the online application process. Partner universities will collaborate with community colleges in joint academic counseling, streamline transfer processes through new IT data systems, and engage early and often with students to better support their transition to a four-year institution.

Some universities are even providing guaranteed scholarships to students who transfer to their institution.

The program will also help the state meet its goals set forth by Gov. Jared Polis in the recently adopted Roadmap to Containing College Costs & Making College Affordable, which, among other things, calls for strengthening transfer agreements and substantially increasing the number of students transferring and completing bachelor’s degrees, the release said.

ACC has programs in Littleton, Parker, Castle Rock and online. Learn more at www.arapahoe.edu/advising-support/transfer-services or www.cccs.edu/transfer.

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