Arkansas State University and Three Rivers College signed official articulation agreements for 21 academic programs on Oct. 4. A ceremony was held at Three Rivers’ Tinnin Fine Arts Center in Pine Bluff, Mo.
“We’re thrilled this new partnership will create a smoother transition for our graduates looking to pursue a bachelor’s degree at A-State,” TRC President Wesley Payne said. “It’s very important to us that our students get credit for the hard work they’ve already done, and not have any unnecessary delays in earning their four-year degree.”
“We want to make sure everyone in the Upper Delta region knows that Arkansas State is here for you,” ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said. “The border between our states should not be a barrier to learning, and by coming to Poplar Bluff, I hope the graduates of Three Rivers know they are welcome in Jonesboro.”
Damphousse began a series of signing ceremonies this semester to signify the new relationships between Arkansas State and other institutions of higher learning.
“There is a strong tie between the Bootheel region of Missouri and Jonesboro,” Damphousse said. “Many students come to A-State from their high schools in this area, but for some, family or other factors are initially in the way. For others, time after completing an associate’s degree to work is necessary before returning to college. And for some, their work or life experience reveals the need to go on for a four-year degree. These articulation agreements show the pathway is ready and open.”
The ASU Transfer Task Force has worked during the summer and into the early fall on creation of new articulation agreements with dozens of institutions in the state and region. The Arkansas State degree programs signing articulation agreements with Three Rivers include accounting, agriculture, disaster preparedness and emergency management, business administration, business economics, business technology, communication studies, computer and information technology, criminology, economics, English, global supply chain management, history, international business, management, organizational supervision, political science, psychology, sociology and strategic communication.