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This program is one of several new agreements between the UA and Arizona community colleges announced this month.
Chancellor Rufus Glasper of the Maricopa County Community College District and University of Arizona President Eugene G. Sander announced an agreement to expand transfer opportunities for MCCCD students to the UA.
The primary goals include increasing the number of MCCCD students transferring to the UA over the next five years, expanding opportunities for direct transfer to specified UA degree programs and providing additional opportunities for MCCCD transfer students to obtain a UA bachelor's degree.
Under the agreement, students may receive pre-transfer assistance through the UA/Maricopa Bridge Program. The program is designed to provide access to admission and academic counseling and other programs and activities designed to assure seamless transfer.
The program includes access to admissions and financial aid information at both MCCCD and the UA, access to UA activities and programs, and UA transfer student mentors. The program also guarantees admission into many UA degree programs. Bridge participants also are eligible for renewable transfer scholarships.
"Through this enhanced partnership with the University of Arizona, we are providing students with an excellent opportunity to attain a bachelor's degree," said Glasper. "The UA Bridge program will provide a full range of services from both our institutions to help ease the transfer process for students."
"We are pleased to join MCCCD in increasing access to higher education, improving the student experience at both institutions, and increasing the number of students who complete associate's and bachelor's degrees in Arizona," said Sander.
The Arizona Board of Regents adopted a strategic plan in 2009 to increase the number baccalaureate degrees awarded by the state's three universities. A critical component of that plan is to provide increased access and lower costs of education for students statewide. This program is specifically tailored to meet those goals.
The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the nation. It includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, GateWay Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College. The district also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, several satellite campuses, and business/industry technical and customized training institutes.
The UA is one of the nation's leading public universities, with a long history of academic excellence, research innovation and a student-centered approach. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, the UA is ranked 18th among public universities by the National Science Foundation with total research expenditures of more than $600 million.
With more than 39,000 students, the UA is on the forefront of discoveries – from the depths of space to the medical and genetic mysteries of life, from emerging trends in climate change to the broad complexities of the human condition.