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Making the Transfer Process to Penn State Easier for NCC Students

Madlyn L. Hanes, vice president for commonwealth campuses and executive chancellor at Penn State University (second from left); Tina Q. Richardson, chancellor at Penn State Lehigh Valley (far left); Gary M. Lawler, chancellor at Penn State Hazleton (far right); and Mark H. Erickson, president of Northampton Community College (second from right) signed an articulation agreement while chief academic officers and other administrators looked on at an event held Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Lehigh Valley campus.

Administrators from Penn State University and Northampton Community College (NCC) signed an articulation agreement to facilitate the transfer of NCC students into 11 baccalaureate degree programs at 14 Penn State campuses, including Penn State Lehigh Valley, Penn State Hazleton, Penn State Schuylkill, Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Penn State Worthington Scranton. The agreement is effective this spring and was announced by Madlyn L. Hanes, vice president for commonwealth campuses and executive chancellor at Penn State University; Penny Carlson, executive director for academic services and assessment at Penn State University; Tina Q. Richardson, chancellor at Penn State Lehigh Valley; Gary M. Lawler, chancellor at Penn State Hazleton; and Mark H. Erickson, president of NCC at an event held Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

"Enhancing access and affordability to higher education is a shared goal of Penn State and Northampton Community College," said Hanes. "This agreement will further that goal by providing a pathway for NCC students to complete their associate degrees at Northampton and transition to a local Penn State campus to complete their baccalaureate degrees. "

"The articulation agreement between Penn State and Northampton Community College will only enhance the opportunities available to students from the region to have streamlined access to high quality education," said Richardson. "I look forward to how this agreement will ease the transfer process for students."

Lawler said, "The articulation agreement was a natural step toward our mutual goal of providing an excellent education to students in our region and beyond. I'd particularly like to recognize the efforts of Kenneth Thigpen, director of academic advising at Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Mark Henry, director of advising, transfer and accommodation services at Northampton Community College, and other staff who were instrumental in facilitating the articulation agreement."  

"This agreement with Penn State expands access to students seeking higher education, which is the core of our mission at Northampton Community College," said Officials exchanged their college hats after the signing!Erickson. "Our students will now have even more options when it comes to completing a bachelor's degree. We're excited to partner with Penn State to offer a seamless transition to our students seeking to further their education."

Through the agreements, students who earn their associate degree will be provided an academic pathway to transfer into a parallel bachelor's degree program at the 14 campuses. The coordination of transferable coursework, supported through academic advising, will support the successful transition for students.

When transferring to Penn State, NCC students must apply for admission, submit required transcripts and meet Penn State's admissions requirements. Penn State application fees will be waived for NCC students who apply for baccalaureate programs.

The baccalaureate degree programs covered in the articulation agreement include:

1. BS in business (Management and marketing, individualized options)

2. BA in Corporate Communication

3. BS in Information Sciences and Technology

4. BA/BS in Psychology

5. BS in Rehabilitation and Human Services

6. BA/BS in Administration of Justice

7. BA in English

8. BS in Human Development and Family Studies

9. BA in Letters, Arts & Sciences

10. RN to BS in Nursing

11. BS in science

For more information about transfer options available at NCC, visit the Transfer Advising page or call 610-861-5346.