The University of Arizona

UA, Maricopa College District Expand Transfer Program

By La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Communications | March 28, 2012

Through a newly signed agreement between the UA and Maricopa County Community College District, Phoenix-area transfer students will have more support and services toward attaining a UA degree.

UA President Eugene G. Sander and Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Rufus Glasper have signed a new agreement to expand transfer opportunities and support for students., Expanding on an existing partnership, the UA and the Maricopa County Community College District have signed a new agreement to improve student transfer. (Photo credit: Patrick McArdle/UANews), UA President Eugene G. Sander shakes hands with Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community College District, after the ceremonial signing of the expanded agreement for community college students to transfer to the UA. The signing was part of a reception held at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. (Photo by Al Bravo/UA College of Medicine-Phoenix)
UA President Eugene G. Sander and Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Rufus Glasper have signed a new agreement to expand transfer opportunities and support for students., Expanding on an existing partnership, the UA and the Maricopa County Community College District have signed a new agreement to improve student transfer. (Photo credit: Patrick McArdle/UANews), UA President Eugene G. Sander shakes hands with Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community College District, after the ceremonial signing of the expanded agreement for community college students to transfer to the UA. The signing was part of a reception held at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. (Photo by Al Bravo/UA College of Medicine-Phoenix)
UA President Eugene G. Sander and Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Rufus Glasper have signed a new agreement to expand transfer opportunities and support for students., Expanding on an existing partnership, the UA and the Maricopa County Community College District have signed a new agreement to improve student transfer. (Photo credit: Patrick McArdle/UANews), UA President Eugene G. Sander shakes hands with Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community College District, after the ceremonial signing of the expanded agreement for community college students to transfer to the UA. The signing was part of a reception held at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. (Photo by Al Bravo/UA College of Medicine-Phoenix)
UA President Eugene G. Sander and Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Rufus Glasper have signed a new agreement to expand transfer opportunities and support for students., Expanding on an existing partnership, the UA and the Maricopa County Community College District have signed a new agreement to improve student transfer. (Photo credit: Patrick McArdle/UANews), UA President Eugene G. Sander shakes hands with Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community College District, after the ceremonial signing of the expanded agreement for community college students to transfer to the UA. The signing was part of a reception held at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. (Photo by Al Bravo/UA College of Medicine-Phoenix)
UA President Eugene G. Sander and Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Rufus Glasper have signed a new agreement to expand transfer opportunities and support for students., Expanding on an existing partnership, the UA and the Maricopa County Community College District have signed a new agreement to improve student transfer. (Photo credit: Patrick McArdle/UANews), UA President Eugene G. Sander shakes hands with Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community College District, after the ceremonial signing of the expanded agreement for community college students to transfer to the UA. The signing was part of a reception held at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. (Photo by Al Bravo/UA College of Medicine-Phoenix)
UA President Eugene G. Sander and Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Rufus Glasper have signed a new agreement to expand transfer opportunities and support for students., Expanding on an existing partnership, the UA and the Maricopa County Community College District have signed a new agreement to improve student transfer. (Photo credit: Patrick McArdle/UANews), UA President Eugene G. Sander shakes hands with Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community College District, after the ceremonial signing of the expanded agreement for community college students to transfer to the UA. The signing was part of a reception held at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. (Photo by Al Bravo/UA College of Medicine-Phoenix)

Maricopa County students will have more resources and support available to them as they move toward completing a University of Arizona degree program through a new agreement.

UA President Eugene G. Sander and Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Rufus Glasper have signed an agreement to expand transfer opportunities for college students to the University.

A celebration event for the signing of an Arizona Transfer Admissions Pathways, or AzTAP, agreement was held March 28 at Paradise Valley Community College, or PVCC, one of MCCCD's 10 colleges. 

Critical components of the AzTAP are to provide increased access and lower education costs for students and to facilitate seamless transfer to the UA. The UA-MCCCD partnership is specifically tailored to meet those goals.  

“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,” Sander said.

About 20 degree programs and options in areas such as agriculture and life sciences, engineering, science and social and behavioral sciences are currently under review by both institutions. 

The first program approved was a bachelor’s degree in public health.  

Also under discussion is a plan to offer the first upper-division coursework at PVCC for a bachelor’s degree in global studies within the next two years.

Under the agreement, students may receive pre-transfer assistance through the UA/Maricopa Bridge Program, which is designed to provide access to admission and academic counseling and other programs and activities to assure seamless transfer.

Bridge includes access to admissions and financial aid information at both MCCCD and UA, access to UA transfer activities and programs, and UA transfer student mentors.

The program also guarantees admission to eligible students and provides renewable transfer scholarships.

MCCCD is one of the largest community college districts in the nation with 10 colleges. The district also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, several satellite campuses and also training institutes for business/industry and others that are technical and customized. 

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.

"Through this enhanced partnership with the University of Arizona we are providing students with an excellent opportunity to attain a bachelor's degree," Glasper said. "The UA Bridge program will provide a full range of services from both our institutions to help ease the transfer process for students."

Contacts

Kasey Urquidez

University of Arizona

520-621-3705

kurquidez@arizona.edu


Tom Gariepy

Maricopa County Community College District

480-731-8248

tom.gariepy@ domail.maricopa.edu