MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Today, Averett University President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks, and Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) President Dr. Angeline Godwin, signed an agreement that will make it easy for students graduating from PHCC to become students at Averett.
“We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with Averett,” says Godwin. “For our students, an articulation agreement promises a bright future – the assurance of acceptance and a smooth transition. We don’t want any of our students to worry about how they are going to take their next steps after PHCC. This agreement is just another way we can remove barriers to our students’ success.”
The articulation agreement provides a seamless path for PHCC’s Administration of Justice graduates to transfer smoothly to Averett’s Criminal Justice program. It ensures those with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher will be accepted to Averett and that the credits they earn for the associate’s degree will transfer directly into credits required for Averett’s Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Criminal Justice degree.
When PHCC graduates take advantage of the articulation agreement, they will enter Averett’s Criminal Justice program as juniors. They can expect to graduate from Averett with their bachelor’s degree in 60 semester hours – which is the equivalent of four semesters or two years. Averett offers scholarships specific to qualifying transfer students, and all students are automatically considered for academic scholarships once they are granted admission to the University. The agreement was largely designed by Averett’s Director of Criminal Justice in Graduate and Professional Studies, Dr. James Hodgson, and PHCC’s Associate Professor of Administration of Justice, Ronnie Wray.
“We are delighted to partner with our peers at PHCC once again, and to offer students in this region a simple, smooth transition to pursuing the next level in their criminal justice careers and education,” said Franks. “This trajectory will produce graduates who are prepared to develop increased levels of public trust and confidence in law enforcement agencies to respond effectively to issues in their communities – precisely what we’ve heard is needed from our community partnering policing agencies.”
In conjunction with the articulation agreement, the two presidents also signed a Community Educational Partnership Agreement. It ensures an easy transition for PHCC graduates entering Averett’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) bachelor’s degree program. With this agreement, Averett guarantees acceptance to its GPS program and awards junior status to any PHCC student who has completed an associate’s degree. Averett’s GPS program is an adult-oriented program based on an accelerated educational model offering courses, both on-ground and online, in business, nursing, education, leadership and criminal justice.