Maricopa Community Colleges


March 2012

News from the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation (CCTA)

Announcing the University of Arizona Bridge Porgram

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Chancellor Rufus Glasper of the Maricopa Community Colleges and President Eugene Sander of the University of Arizona (UA) announced an agreement to expand transfer opportunities for MCCCD students to UA. The primary goals include increasing the number of MCCCD students transferring to 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 UA, access to UA activities and programs, and UA transfer student mentors.   The program also guarantees admission into many UA degree programs.  Bridge participants are also 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 Dr. Rufus Glasper, chancellor of MCCCD. "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, to improving the student experience at both institutions, and to increasing the number of students who complete associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in Arizona,” said Dr. Eugene Sander, president of the UA. The Arizona Board of Regents adopted a strategic plan in 2009 to increase the number of 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.

Other University of Arizona Updates:

March 22 - UA Transfer Day at CGCC. Event Details

April 13 - The Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona invites students to participate in the 1st annua l Arizona Community College Excellence (ACCE) Business Case Competition. Events details.

UofA bringing degree programs to Chandler.

Maricopa students connect to local Northern Arizona University (NAU) Opportunities 

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The Maricopa community college campuses were bustling last week during Connection Days Feb. 21-23.  Each campus united with NAU to promote avenues for students to seamlessly transition to the university to earn a bachelor’s degree once they’ve earned their associate degree. More than 500 students throughout the Valley participated at Connection Days events where NAU faculty and staff were on hand to explain joint admission and transfer opportunities.

To further create excitement about NAU partnerships, many colleges sparked student interest with raffles, giveaways and food. NAU had mobile advertising trucks on some campuses to draw attention to each event.

According to Doug Small, associate dean for NAU-Extended Campuses, interest for education partnerships is growing because students can earn degrees at their convenience and at a less expensive price. 

“Students can get a great education in their local community, and at an affordable price,” Small said. “Students pay less than half the cost of a traditional four-year university education through our partnership programs.”

Booths at the NAU connection days

Connection Days -- named after The Connection -- a partnership between the Maricopa Community Colleges and NAU, provides students the ability to transfer up to 90 credits in some degree programs or enroll in a Connect2NAU joint admission program.

Connect2NAU students are jointly admitted to a community college and NAU and receive intensive guidance from both institutions in exploring and preparing for career options while completing their community college curriculum. Students save money by completing their first two years at the community college tuition rate. For information, go to NAU-Extended Campuses or speak with an NAU Service Center representative at (800) 426-8315.

Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Forensic Science Day

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You’re invited to Grand Canyon University’s Forensic Science Day on Wednesday, April 4th from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a Crime Scene Investigation Competition, listen to experienced speakers from forensic science fields, and learn more about GCU! The Crime Scene Investigation Competition is designed to test preliminary investigative skills in an outdoor simulated crime scene. To RSVP, visit

Forensic Science Day Agenda
7 a.m. – Community College Competitors Arrive and Check-in
7:30 a.m. – Orientation and Placement into Teams
8 a.m. – Crime Scene Processing
9 a.m. – Organize Findings
10 a.m. – Turn in Final Findings & Speaker Presentations
11:15 a.m. – Campus Tour
11:45 a.m. – Lunch & Meet and Greet with Presenters
12 p.m. – Competition Winners Announced!

Grand Canyon University
GCU Arena 
3300 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85017


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Arizona State University (ASU) Visits Maricopa Community Colleges 

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Transfer admission specialists from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and representatives from select ASU colleges and schools are visiting most Maricopa Community Colleges. These ASU staff members are meeting with future transfer students to help answer questions about the transfer process and make transitioning to the university as smooth as possible. Students can visit their community college web page on ASU’s transfer site to see when ASU representatives will be on their college campus. If opportunities are available for students to meet one-on-one with an ASU representative, then students will have the option to schedule an appointment after updating their contact information.

Ottawa University Comes to You! 

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Ottawa University is as close as the Maricopa Community College campus where you are currently taking classes. In an effort to share information about Ottawa University and transfer options, we now offer regularly scheduled office hours at your local campus. (Continue...)

Stop by for a visit - Phoenix Prep Center For prospective students of University of Phoenix

Of all the questions you may have about continuing your education, your first step shouldn’t be one of them.  The Phoenix Prep Center for prospective students of University of Phoenix provides a personalized, interactive view of University resources and learning tools to help you get acquainted with online learning.  The primary goal of the Phoenix Prep Center is to help students better prepare for the commitment of continuing their education, and help them determine how it fits in their lives.  How does University of Phoenix do that?

Are you ready to graduate in May?  

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It’s never too early to prepare to transfer to University of Maryland University College (UMUC) . A great way to see how close you are to completing your bachelor’s degree is to have a tentative transfer credit evaluation completed. UMUC transfer advisors are at your Maricopa Community College campus throughout the semester and are available to complete tentative evaluation of your community college credits. To see the schedule of campus events.

To schedule an advising appointment with your UMUC transfer advisor at your Maricopa campus, via telephone or Skype, call Deb Spotts at 240-997-5324 or email  To learn more about UMUC’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit

Kaplan University’s Approach 

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Kaplan University offers 170 online degrees and programs and has an articulation agreement with the Maricopa Community Colleges, providing graduates the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree online. Each undergraduate degree is designed to allow students flexibility in tailoring their overall educational experience through the use of open electives. This provides students the latitude to transfer in eligible credits through experiential learning or prior coursework. In addition, the program is structured so that if a student chooses to pursue a different field of study early enough in his or her academic career, he or she can easily shift without a significant loss of credit. Finally, credits can be used to either pursue deeper specialization into a field of study or other areas of interest.

Scholarship Opportunity

You may be eligible to take advantage of Kaplan University’s Academic Achievement Scholarship.  If you are interested in enrolling in an accounting, arts and sciences, business, criminal justice, health sciences, IT, legal studies bachelor’s programs, or BS in Nursing program you may be able to reduce undergraduate tuition by 20 percent*.   To learn more, visit or call 866.397.9456

* Additional terms and conditions apply. Contact your Financial Aid Advisor for further details. Scholarship awards and eligibility requirements are subject to change. Tuition reduction is subject to change in the event of a decrease in credit hour price for undergraduate programs. Scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other Kaplan University discount, voucher, or scholarship.

Calendar of Events

link to the new calendar of eventsSee what events are coming up that you won't want to miss! If you would like to add a transfer related event to the calendar, please contact Rose Rojas, Assistant Director for Transfer and Articulation. Email

About Us

The Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation (CCTA) is a department within the Academic and Student Affairs Division. CCTA offers a wide array of services related to curriculum, articulation, and university transfer in support of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

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