July 21 – Hobbs, NM. Top officials at College of the Southwest and New Mexico Junior College recently signed an agreement that will greatly benefit NMJC students who want to transfer credits to the senior-level institution.
The articulation agreement, as it is called, “is meant to demonstrate the value that CSW places on those students who persevere in completing an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree,” said Dr. Dennis Atherton, Vice President for Academic Services at CSW, who authored the agreement.
“Our goal,” he said, “is to ensure that two-year college graduates don’t lose any hours. CSW wants to be their pathway to the baccalaureate degree and will accept every class taken for an AA or AS degree.”
Atherton refers to the fact that College of the Southwest, along with many colleges and universities, has traditionally placed certain limitations on the hours transferred from a two-year college. However, an articulation agreement such as the one between CSW and NMJC allows students to transfer their entire degree and feasibly complete a related baccalaureate degree program at College of the Southwest in two years.
“This is a bold move on the part of CSW,” said Dr. Steve McCleery, President of New Mexico Junior College, “which demonstrates an appreciation for our students’ academic achievements and creates a transfer-friendly environment for them, as well. In doing this, CSW is providing area students with an educational opportunity that encourages them to stay right here in Lea County.”
The opportunity is also being extended to two-year college graduates outside Lea County. According to Atherton, a similar agreement was signed with Odessa College, with plans for other schools outside New Mexico as well. “We’re interested in welcoming all two-year college graduates to CSW,” said Dr. Gary Dill, President of CSW, “because we value the educational experience they bring.”
One added benefit for students was offered by Dr. John Gratton, NMJC’s Vice President of Instruction. “It makes sense for Lea County students to stay close simply because of today’s gas prices.”
For more information about transferring credits from an AA or AS degree to College of the Southwest, please contact Dr. Dennis Atherton at 392-6561.
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