Transferring from Bucks County Community College to DelVal has been made easier
Nov 08, 2011
Delaware Valley College and Bucks County Community College signed an agreement Nov. 8 granting many Bucks graduates automatic admission to DelVal.
The signers included Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan, DelVal’s president, and Dr. James Linksz, president of the community college in Newtown.
“This is the future – the model that will make higher education affordable,” Dr. Brosnan said. “Agreements like this are critical to us.”
With the cost of a college education at an all-time high, Dr. Brosnan believes it will become more common for students to start their four-year degree at a less-expensive community college.
At Tyler Hall on the Bucks campus, Dr. Linksz told a group of assembled faculty and administrators, “There is nothing more important than keeping good relationships with institutions where our students want to go. We are pleased to be engaged with DelVal, to have the college as a partner and to allow students to have a good transfer.”
Dr. Brosnan thanked all the administrators involved in arranging the agreement.
“So much work goes on behind the scenes,” he said. “Everybody talks about signing these types of agreements, but making them work is what’s really important. You all have done that.”
On average, about 25 students from Bucks transfer to DelVal each year. Bucks is DelVal’s primary feeder college.
Barbara A. Ford, director of transfer services at Bucks, said the agreement will make things easier on students. Because of it more courses will transfer.
“Our goal,” she said, “is to have a whole Bucks degree fit into a DelVal degree.”
Under the agreement, Bucks grads will be guaranteed admission as juniors into a parallel bachelor’s program at DelVal. For example, a Bucks student who earns a two-year associate’s degree in biology will be accepted into DelVal’s biology program. The same goes for business administration, chemistry, criminal justice, environmental science and other parallel majors.
Paperwork still is required, and the transfer must take place within one year of graduation from Bucks. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must have been earned for all majors except secondary education, which requires a 2.75 GPA.
The new agreement is an update of one signed between the colleges 10 years ago.
“It is great to be partners with such a strong institution,” Dr. Brosnan said.