BCTC and UK Announce Dual Enrollment and Transfer Agreement
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2008) Bluegrass Community and Technical College and the University of Kentucky today announced a new dual enrollment agreement and a new program aimed at streamlining the transfer process from BCTC to UK.
BCTC President Augusta A. Julian and UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. signed the dual enrollment agreement during a news conference on the BCTC campus. It is the first formal relationship that allows students to take classes at both schools simultaneously since BCTC joined the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
The dual enrollment agreement sets the stage for the new BCTCblue+ program which is designed for students who plan to complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from BCTC and then transfer to UK to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students who enter the BCTCblue+ program will be eligible to take classes at a reduced tuition rate at UK while enrolled at BCTC, and when they successfully complete the associate degree (BCTC students must have a 2.0 GPA to graduate), the students will be guaranteed admission to UK upon application by the appropriate deadline.
This program focuses on what is best for the students, said Julian. It reconfirms and values our historical relationship with UK and the fact that students have in the past had very fluid movement between the two institutions. This agreement allows us to be true partners in higher education.
"We are pleased to partner with Bluegrass Community and Technical College to offer this opportunity to students who may not be ready for the UK experience right out of high school, but who have aspirations of acquiring a four-year degree," said Todd. "Research shows that students who transfer to UK after earning their associate degree are more likely to complete their baccalaureate degree than other transfer students. BCTCblue+ encourages that type of success and hopefully will result in more Kentuckians obtaining four-year degrees."
BCTCblue+ allows students to take classes at UK that are not offered at BCTC, and it gives the community college students the chance to experience UK academically before committing to the larger research university. Other advantages of the program include the following.
- After students earn 15 credit hours at BCTC, they will be eligible to take up to 12 credit hours of coursework toward their associate degree at UK and pay the lower BCTC tuition rate for those UK classes.
- Earning an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree means students will already have fulfilled their general education courses when transferring to UK.
- Students will receive enhanced academic advising and are eligible to apply for scholarships reserved for students in the program.
- Students can priority register for pre-major and major courses at UK while attending BCTC.
- Students are eligible to apply for UK housing and dining services. BCTCblue+ will begin with the fall 2009 semester, but students may start applying immediately. An online application and more information are available at the Transfer Center.
We "see blue" at the University of Kentucky. We're home not only to powerhouse basketball and the best of intercollegiate athletics; we're also nationally ranked in more than 70 academic programs. We're charting an aggressive, exciting path toward becoming a Top 20 public research institution. see blue. is a lot of things, but most of all it's about helping students realize their potential and harness the power of their dreams. For more about UK's efforts to become a Top 20 university and how we "see blue," visit www.uky.edu/OPBPA/business_plan.htm.
Photo: BCTC President Augusta A. Julian and UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr. congratulate each other after signing the BCTCblue+ agreement.
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