ANDERSON, S.C. (courtesy andersonuniversity.edu) — Tri-County Technical College (TCTC) and Anderson University (AU) signed an articulation agreement Sept. 19 outlining a new transfer program that will support students who are looking to advance their education in business, criminal justice, early care and education, media arts production, and nursing.
What makes the new transfer program unique is the reverse referral option.
This is one of only a few formalized articulation agreements in South Carolina to include a reverse referral option. With a reverse referral, students who apply to Anderson University and determine they are not academically and/or financially prepared to attend the university are referred by AU to TCTC to begin their coursework. The student then has the option to transfer to AU once they complete transfer requirements.
TCTC students who transfer to Anderson University have the option to complete their bachelor’s degree program fully online, on campus or a combination of online and on campus, depending on their chosen program. Both traditional and post-traditional students also receive academic and advising support from both TCTC and AU advisors.
The new transfer program replaces the Bridge to AU program that was launched in 2019. As with the Bridge to AU program, the new transfer program provides TCTC students who complete an Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.), or an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in either business or criminal justice guaranteed admission to AU. The A.A.S. in early care and education and A.A.S. in media arts production are newly added programs. Additionally, TCTC students who complete 30 transferable credits with a 2.50 GPA are also guaranteed admission to AU’s traditional program. Post-traditional students are guaranteed admission to AU with a 2.0 GPA, with the exception of early care and education majors, which requires a 2.5 GPA for both traditional and post-traditional students.
“Our mission at Tri-County is to provide students an exceptional and affordable learning experience that improves their quality of life,” said TCTC President Dr. Galen DeHay. “One way we achieve this is by partnering with institutions like Anderson University to create opportunities for our students to earn an advanced degree that is both accessible and affordable.”
“Anderson University is thrilled to strengthen our partnership with Tri-County Technical College. This relationship enables us to provide a seamless transition for students seeking to continue their education and obtain a four-year degree,” said Anderson University President Evans P. Whitaker. “This agreement further affirms our commitment to the Upstate community in helping students achieve their educational and career goals.”