Mary Baldwin and BRCC Partner for Success

May 24, 2005

From the Public Relations Office at Blue Ridge Community College:

Two area colleges have just inked an agreement that makes earning a bachelor’s degree more accessible for area students. Too often, students complete an associate’s degree at a community college, only to find out that not all of their hard-earned credits count toward the bachelor’s degree requirements of the college or university to which they transfer.

To take guesswork and anxiety out of the process, Mary Baldwin University President Pamela Fox and Blue Ridge Community College President James Perkins signed a guaranteed admission agreement on Tuesday, May 3 at BRCC. The agreement will take effect for new Blue Ridge students with the start of the fall 2005 semester.

“Mary Baldwin serves a truly diverse population of students who come to us through many different doors,” comments Dr. Fox. “This agreement makes it possible for students in the central Shenandoah Valley to take advantage of the education we offer by making the process easier and more transparent. We are very excited to serve our community through this partnership.”

The agreement allows BRCC graduates to enter Mary Baldwin University, through the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs or the Residential College for Women, with the knowledge that they have met the requirements necessary for their assured transfer to Mary Baldwin. Such requirements include graduation from BRCC with an associate’s degree and a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Since Mary Baldwin has a regional office on the BRCC campus, BRCC students have the additional benefit of on-site Mary Baldwin advisors to assist them in educational planning. Mary Baldwin’s non-residential Baldwin Online and Adult Programs accepts both women and men; the Residential College for Women, based on the Staunton campus, accepts only women.

BRCC, one of 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has the highest rate of graduates who transfer to four-year colleges. Blue Ridge graduates have strong local ties, and many desire to stay in the community to complete their college education.

“BRCC and Mary Baldwin have been strong partners in education for many years. Our students have enjoyed wonderful transfer opportunities with Mary Baldwin through the years. By signing this formal agreement, we are ensuring our students will continue to enjoy outstanding opportunities to continue their educations in our region with one of Virginia’s finest liberal arts colleges,” said Dr. Perkins.

For more information on the Mary Baldwin-BRCC transfer agreement, please contact the Mary Baldwin University office at BRCC at (540) 453-2345, or email wcadp@marybaldwin.edu .