UNCG, RCC Partnership Expands Educational Opportunities for Rural Students
Greensboro, N.C. – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) today announced a new co-admission agreement with Randolph Community College (RCC) to facilitate degree completion and student success by improving access to undergraduate educational resources, university facilities and support systems.
PHOTO ID: (L-R) Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr., president of Randolph Community College; Suzanne Rohrbaugh, Vice President for Instructional Services, RCC; Dr. Dana Dunn, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UNCG
The UNCG-RCC “Spartan Passage” partnership expands opportunities for transfer students, regardless of location, to access and complete their baccalaureate degrees in a selection of nearly 60 popular majors including Business Administration, Biology, Psychology, and Computer Science.
The first of its kind in Randolph County, the UNCG-RCC partnership is significant for the mostly rural community, with an average population density of 166 people or less per square mile. Randolph is not alone; approximately 2.2 million people – one in five North Carolinians – live in the state’s rural communities. Of the 100 counties in the state, 80 are considered rural.
“Our new partnership is designed to improve accessibility to resources and expand educational choices for RCC students,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “With a seamless transition to the UNC Greensboro campus, our collaboration with RCC will produce a greater number of qualified graduates in a shorter timeframe at a tremendous cost-savings. In addition to financial aid, co-admitted students are eligible for scholarships and other benefits.”
“We are delighted to be entering into this new partnership with UNCG,” said Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr., president of Randolph Community College. “Many of our students already transfer to UNCG after completing their work at RCC, and this provides a more seamless pathway for them. This will be a wonderful opportunity that will provide many benefits for UNCG, RCC, and especially for our students.”
Application for the “Spartan Passage” program has been streamlined to benefit students with a waived application fee for UNCG; access to campus facilities, events, activities, and services, including the UNCG University Library (in-house and online); the new Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Health and Wellness; academic advising, among other benefits. For more information, visit: https://admissions.uncg.edu/apply-coadmissions-programs.php
UNCG launched three new co-admission partnerships with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), Alamance Community College (ACC) and Rockingham Community College (RCC) to improve student access to undergraduate and graduate education. The GTCC, ACC and RCC programs begin enrolling in Fall 2018.
About UNC Greensboro
UNCG, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students
and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Randolph Community College
Randolph Community College, established in 1962, provides educational programs that meet Randolph County’s workforce needs in a changing economy. Situated in Asheboro, N.C., RCC has satellite locations in Archdale, Randleman, and a 60-acre Emergency Services Training Center near Asheboro. RCC offers over 30 vocational and technical degree, diploma and certificate programs, including a college transfer program and a comprehensive continuing education program. Annual enrollment for curriculum and continuing education students in 2016-2017 was just over 11,500. For additional information, go to www.randolph.edu.