Presbyterian College President Robert E. Staton and Greenville Technical College (GTC) President Dr. Keith Miller signed a transfer bridge agreement during a ceremony at GTC Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.
The agreement is designed to enhance the transfer of students from GTC to PC. The collaboration is intended to serve students by providing program support and services which facilitate the transfer process and prepare and assimilate students desiring to matriculate to PC.
It is intended for first-time college students who are recent high school graduates, who intend to eventually enroll as a student at PC, and who meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.50. PC will accept the Statewide Articulation Agreement of 86 courses approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education for transfer from two- to four-year public institutions.
“As educators, it is our responsibility to help students reach their academic goals,” said Brian J. Fortman, PC dean of enrollment. “Our bridge agreement with GTC gives them a clear direction and path to completing their bachelor’s degree, provides a variety of scholarship options, and welcomes students into the PC community immediately.”
PC Registrar and Director of Records Kendra Woodson said, “Careful consideration was given when analyzing courses at both institutions, in order to provide a pathway for students to obtain a bachelor’s degree in four years. Each course was evaluated on an individual basis and its role in the PC curriculum.”
Students who choose to participate in the transfer program will receive a waiver of their application fee at GTC and PC. Students will also receive special consideration for additional scholarships as available from the institution or other resources. Students will also be assigned an admissions counselor or student mentor to help guide them through the transfer process.
Additionally, students will be offered the opportunity to participate in identified PC programs and events while still in attendance at GTC. This could include free admission to sporting events, and access to campus and cultural events.
“We are really excited about this agreement,” said President Staton. “We believe there is a lot of opportunity for a partnership that will benefit both of our institutions. This is an exciting step for all of us.”
President Miller said, “We are pleased to join with Presbyterian College in providing a clear and seamless path for students to move from GTC to PC. Students following this path have the benefit of a strong academic foundation, scholarship opportunities, and support from both institutions as they progress toward a bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College.”
An additional component is an articulation agreement with the PC School of Pharmacy, Pharm.D. program. The agreement states that students who complete PC School of Pharmacy pre-pharmacy requirements at GTC and have a 3.0 GPA will automatically be guaranteed an interview and considered for acceptance by the Admissions Committee at the PC pharmacy school.
“Part of our document is providing avenues for students to come to PC, be a part of our Pre-Pharmacy Club at PC, take tours, see what goes on at the campus, and sit in on a class. We are willing to do whatever we can to help make that happen” said Dr. Cliff Fuhrman, dean of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.
A PC representative will participate in Transfer Tuesday/Thursday in the Greenville Tech Planning and Transfer Headquarters (PATH) center at least once a semester. The PATH Center assists students in preparing their path to transfer by providing them information, resources, and academic planning services for a smooth transfer process. The next scheduled Transfer Tuesday/Thursday is TBD.
For more information contact PC admissions at 864-833-2820.