Maricopa County students will have more resources and support available to them as they move toward completing a University of Arizona degree program through a new agreement.
UA President Eugene G. Sander and Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Rufus Glasper have signed an agreement to expand transfer opportunities for college students to the University.
A celebration event for the signing of an Arizona Transfer Admissions Pathways, or AzTAP, agreement was held March 28 at Paradise Valley Community College, or PVCC, one of MCCCD's 10 colleges.
Critical components of the AzTAP are to provide increased access and lower education costs for students and to facilitate seamless transfer to the UA. The UA-MCCCD partnership is specifically tailored to meet those goals.
“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,” Sander said.
About 20 degree programs and options in areas such as agriculture and life sciences, engineering, science and social and behavioral sciences are currently under review by both institutions.
The first program approved was a bachelor’s degree in public health.
Also under discussion is a plan to offer the first upper-division coursework at PVCC for a bachelor’s degree in global studies within the next two years.
Under the agreement, students may receive pre-transfer assistance through the UA/Maricopa Bridge Program, which is designed to provide access to admission and academic counseling and other programs and activities to assure seamless transfer.
Bridge includes access to admissions and financial aid information at both MCCCD and UA, access to UA transfer activities and programs, and UA transfer student mentors.
The program also guarantees admission to eligible students and provides renewable transfer scholarships.
MCCCD is one of the largest community college districts in the nation with 10 colleges. The district also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, several satellite campuses and also training institutes for business/industry and others that are technical and customized.
The UA is one of the nation's leading public universities, with a long history of academic excellence, research innovation and a student-centered approach.
"Through this enhanced partnership with the University of Arizona we are providing students with an excellent opportunity to attain a bachelor's degree," Glasper said. "The UA Bridge program will provide a full range of services from both our institutions to help ease the transfer process for students."