Transfer agreement provides guaranteed admission

Susan Sumner, associate dean and director of academic programs for undergraduate studies, talks with students and their family members about transferring to the college under the guaranteed admission program.

by Lois Caliri

When Cindy Green started her academic career at a community college in Northern Virginia, she knew her education would not stop there.

Her first two years at Lord Fairfax Community College gave her the opportunity to save money and concentrate on her studies so she could continue her education at Virginia Tech through a guaranteed admission program.

Green earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences in 2008 and a master’s degree in career and technical education with a focus on agricultural education in 2010 — both from Virginia Tech. She is now teaching agricultural education to high school students in Columbus, N.J.

“Transferring to Virginia Tech was a smooth transition for me,” Green said. “I didn’t have to worry about anything.”

The transfer agreement — called the Pathway to Excellence Guaranteed Admission Initiative — facilitates a seamless transfer of students from any of the 23 Virginia community colleges to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

In fall 2005, five students transferred to the college through the new program; now, more than 30 students complete the entry requirements of the college’s guaranteed admission program annually.

Green zeroed in on the university’s academic opportunities and also participated in extracurricular activities. She studied in South Africa for one semester, joined the Agricultural Economics/National Agri-Marketing Association, and participated in the College Ambassador Program.

“I embraced everything the university had to offer,” she said.

In order to qualify for guaranteed admission, students must complete a transfer associate degree, take specified courses, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

“This provides multiple admission pathways for students interested in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,” said Bobbie Potter, coordinator of recruitment and community college liaison. “The program allows students to make a connection with the college and the university prior to their transfer, which promotes academic success when they arrive
on campus.”

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