The University of Central Arkansas and University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday (Aug. 7) to allow for easier transfers of students between the two schools.
The partnership gives UA-PTC students who are pursuing an associate degree access to academic resources at UCA, along with the opportunity to explore UCA and participate in campus activities.
President Houston Davis and University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College Chancellor Margaret Ellibee signed the MOU in a ceremony on the UCA campus.
“Ensuring that students can attain their educational goals is our highest priority at UA-Pulaski Tech,” said UA-PTC Chancellor Margaret Ellibee. “This partnership strengthens and sustains the close relationship between UA-PTC and UCA in a way that reaps immediate benefits for our students. It’s a win-win for both institutions and for the community we serve. Providing as many educational opportunities as possible with our university partners enables students to continue their educations flexibly and efficiently.”
Known as the “Bear Partners” program, highlights of the initiative include the following for UA-Pulaski Tech students:
- UCA ID card
- Admission to regular season UCA athletic events
- Admission to select Reynolds Performance Hall events
- Access to Torreyson Library resources (in-person or online)
- Application fee waiver when student transfers to UCA
UCA and UA-PTC currently have 67 existing “2+2” transfer agreements, which provides a clearer pathway to both an associate degree at UA-Pulaski Tech and a baccalaureate degree at UCA. These agreements allow students to seamlessly transfer to UCA with no loss of credits.
“We are pleased to partner with UA-PTC on the Bear Partners program and continue to strengthen our relationship with the college,” said UCA President Houston Davis. “This program will allow UA-PTC students to explore UCA, experience our campus life and gain access to key UCA resources prior to the completion of an associate degree at UA-PTC.”