MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA SIGN NEW AGREEMENT TO MAKE STUDENT TRANSFER EASIER
TEMPE, AZ – Leaders of the Maricopa Community Colleges and the University of Arizona have signed an agreement that will allow the two institutions to collaborate on programs that will allow Maricopa students to more easily transfer to UA.
Dr. Eugene Sander, UA President, and Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the Maricopa Community Colleges, signed a memorandum of agreement during the March 28 ceremony at Paradise Valley Community College. Dr. Harper-Marinick represented Dr. Rufus Glasper, Maricopa’s Chancellor, who was unable to attend.
A key component of the enhanced collaboration is provision of meaningful incentives for students who complete an Arizona Transfer Admissions Pathway, which will be called AzTAP. This articulated associate degree-to-bachelor's degree pathway will provide specific student benefits:
- Guaranteed admission into selected UA undergraduate degree programs for MCCCD students who complete the requirements of a specific AzTAP;
- Pre-transfer admissions counseling; and
- Eligibility for the joint admission program, which includes renewable scholarships for eligible students.
The agreement also includes specific requirements of students who want to complete an AzTAP and lists the obligations of both institutions in order to create a successful collaboration.
“This expanded collaboration with the University of Arizona will help us meet state and national goals of increased transfer and graduation rates,” Dr. Glasper said. “Creating transfer partnerships that make it easier for students to advance to the university program of their choice is an important part of our mission,”
"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.