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BSC, Jefferson State partner to smooth transition for transfers

BSC, Jefferson State partner to smooth transition for transfers

For Immediate Release
Oct. 30, 2017

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College and Jefferson State Community College have signed an agreement that will allow Jefferson State students to earn their bachelor’s degrees at BSC starting this academic year.

The two institutions have signed an articulation agreement ensuring that students who have earned associate’s degrees at Jeff State can seamlessly continue their education at BSC. The contract establishes that those who have earned an associate’s degree in arts and sciences will have fulfilled Birmingham-Southern’s general education requirements with the exception of a class in writing reinforcement and a capstone course.

“We are so excited to partner with Jefferson State and to welcome their graduates to join the Birmingham-Southern community,” said BSC President Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith. “This agreement will make the transfer process more efficient and effective so that students can complete their bachelor’s degrees in the personalized, transformative environment we offer.”

Statistics show that as many as half of all college students complete at least some of their academic work at two-year colleges. Articulation agreements outline the course requirements for degree work and how credits will transfer.

“This partnership will be a great benefit to students who wish to continue their education at Birmingham-Southern,” said Jefferson State President Keith Brown. “The agreement will guarantee a seamless delivery of educational opportunities and make the transition much easier for students. We are very pleased to partner with Birmingham-Southern on this endeavor.”

In the past six months, BSC has completed similar agreements with four Alabama two-year colleges, including Bevill State Community College, Lawson State Community College, and Wallace State Community College, in addition to Jefferson State Community College. Those agreements, plus the college’s September announcement that it would reset tuition and mandatory fees to $17,650, should make BSC more accessible to a diverse group of students.