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Fayetteville Technical Community College and Methodist University have forged an agreement allowing FTCC students to transfer seamlessly to MU to pursue a four-year degree.

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Dr. Wearden and Dr. Keen shake hands.

FTCC President Dr. J. Larry Keen and MU President Stanley T. Wearden signed the Memorandum of Understanding in a ceremony at Methodist University on Thursday.

The agreement paves the way for students to earn their associate degree at FTCC, then transfer to MU to earn their bachelor’s degree. Many of FTCC’s two-year associate degrees can lead to bachelor’s degrees.

The agreement will also allow students from nearly 30 FTCC programs to take up to two MU courses – up to eight hours or eight credits – at the community college tuition rate and while completing their associate’s degree at FTCC.

“What we are doing is extraordinarily important to our institutions, but more importantly for our students,” Keen said. “None of us can do it alone, it’s when we come together collaboratively that we’re able to truly impact the lives of the students.”

Wearden said some of Methodist’s “very best students” come from community colleges, which he described as integral to the future of higher education.

Keen and Wearden praised their academic and institutional planning teams for ensuring this process will work smoothly for students. 

Dr. Beth Carter, MU’s Vice Provost for Online and Extended Learning, said students from FTCC and other eligible community colleges will be guaranteed admission at MU upon completion of their Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of General Education degrees. “As long as a student earns a minimum 2.0 grade-point average from one of the six community colleges, they will be guaranteed admission into Methodist University,” she said.

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