UA and NWACC Enter Transfer Credit Agreement
The UA and Northwest Arkansas Community College signed a joint agreement not only to increase the number of Arkansas graduates from both institutions, but to make the transfer of credits from one college to the other an easier process for students.
Eligible NWACC students who transfer to the UA with at least 24 credit hours will be able to earn their NWACC associates degree by completing at least 12 additional hours of required courses at the UA.
In order to be eligible, the student must have earned at least 60 hours total. NWACC credit hours can be used at the UA toward the completion of the student’s bachelor’s degree, according to the agreement.
“This is a great opportunity for students at both schools, and for the state as well,” Chancellor G. David Gearhart said in a statement. “It is important for our students to have a transfer process that is seamless and productive. As a Students First institution, this is simply another way of serving our students, and our state.”
UA officials said they also think that this new agreement will give NWACC students an added incentive to transfer here.
“This initiative will give our students the ability to have this important college milestone recognized as they continue studies toward a bachelor’s degree. Ultimately, this agreement and the opportunities it makes possible will provide a valuable service to our students and our state,” NWACC’s President Becky Paneitz said in a statement.
To qualify for the reverse credit transfer, a NWACC student will have to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average; maintain or improve that average after transferring to the UA; complete the state minimum core requirements and be a degree-seeking student in good academic standing at the university.
This is the latest in agreements, among many others, between the UA and NWACC intended to increase the graduation rate and access to higher education for students in both the region and state.