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UMW-Germanna partnership will aid students
UMW and Germanna craft agreement for the community college's students to enroll in UMW courses.

Date published: 7/19/2012

By PAMELA GOULD

Germanna Community College students who meet eligibility requirements can soon begin taking courses at the University of Mary Washington.

UMW President Rick Hurley and Germanna President David Sam will formalize the agreement next Wednesday in George Washington Hall on the UMW campus in Fredericksburg.

The presidents are also expected to sign an agreement that will make it easier for Germanna students to transfer into UMW's Bachelor of Liberal Studies program.

The agreements resulted from ongoing dialogue between Hurley and Sam, who said that more Germanna students transfer to UMW than to any other four-year institution.

"We are delighted to partner with Germanna to make these programs available to qualified community college students," Hurley said in a prepared statement.

Sam said the agreements strengthen the partnership between the two colleges and benefit students academically and financially.

Germanna students who have completed at least 15 credit hours of coursework and have earned a minimum 3.25 grade-point average will be eligible to take up to five classes at UMW under the "co-enrollment" agreement.

Students will pay Germanna tuition rates for the UMW courses, and those credits will count toward the associate degree if the students earn a C or higher, Sam said.

Access to UMW classes will give Germanna students a broader selection of courses and help ease their transition to a four-year degree.

For years, UMW has participated in the direct transfer program available to all community college students. Under it, students who meet certain academic criteria, including a 3.25 GPA and the appropriate associate degree, are guaranteed admission to UMW without going through the normal application process.

The new direct transfer agreement is strictly between UMW and Germanna.

Under it, students with a 2.75 GPA can transfer into the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program, a nontraditional degree program, after they earn an associate degree.

"It's just another strategy for reaching out and facilitating transfer to the four-year college," said John Morello, UMW's associate provost for academic affairs.

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies program is for adults who either graduated from high school more than six years earlier, are active-duty military or veterans, are married, are financially self-supporting or have dependents to support.

Sam called this latest collaboration a "historic and innovative agreement."

"I think it's a compliment to the university under Rick Hurley that they're willing to consider doing things in new ways," Sam said.

"Germanna certainly appreciates this particular institution's ongoing conversations about what we can do to benefit students, our communities and the whole state."

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972
Email: pgould@freelancestar.com