Ferrum College Signs Articulation Agreements with Danville Community College and Mary Baldwin College
Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten and Danville Community College (DCC) President Bruce Scism signed an Agreement of Articulation in October 2013 to facilitate the transfer of students in DCC’s administration of justice curriculum to Ferrum College’s criminal justice B.S./B.A. degree program.
The agreement stipulates that DCC will advise students interested in transferring to Ferrum College’s criminal justice degree program to enroll in an approved course curriculum to earn an associate’s degree in administration of justice. In turn, Ferrum College guarantees acceptance of DCC students who successfully earn the administration of justice degree.
“As educators, President Scism and I make student success a high priority. One way to achieve that is by removing barriers and promoting further access to that success,” said Braaten. “Two-year colleges are doing a tremendous job in encouraging so many of their students to aspire to higher goals. Our objective at Ferrum is to help facilitate a smooth transition between schools for these transfer students, and this collaboration with Danville Community College will help achieve that aim.”
Ferrum College Criminal Justice Professor and Program Coordinator William Osborne, Jr., and DCC Administration of Justice Professor John Wilt have been associates for 20 years through their mutual affiliation with the American Criminal Justice Association. “Along with Professor Wilt, my DCC counterpart, I am pleased that we can now work together to provide additional opportunities for DCC students to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice here at Ferrum College,” said Osborne. “It is our hope that this agreement will encourage DCC students to make Ferrum their college of choice when deciding to further their education.”
Last fall, Jennifer Braaten, president of Ferrum College, and Pamela Fox, president of Mary Baldwin College, signed an Agreement of Articulation to facilitate the non-competitive admission of one Ferrum student annually to each of the physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant programs of Mary Baldwin’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS.)
“This agreement represents an excellent opportunity for our students to attend a professional graduate school in some of the most popular health care professions and provides a strong pathway for them to pursue multiple options for the future,” said Dr. Braaten.
Under the terms of the articulation agreement, MDCHS agrees to accept one suitably qualified and duly enrolled, full-time student from Ferrum College per program who meets the agreed-upon performance standards and criteria. The admission of the Ferrum students will occur on a noncompetitive basis with respect to the applicant pool as a whole.
“This is by far the most student-accessible agreement we have developed, in that we will have one spot essentially guaranteed for one student in each of the three programs every year as long as they have fulfilled all pre-admission requirements,” said Chris Aylesworth, Ferrum’s director of professional health sciences. “This provides assurance that even more of our students will move on into graduate health care education.”