Baton Rouge, LA -- Louisiana Community and Technical College System and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University will sign a Transfer Articulation Agreement on Monday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m. at LCTCS. To help with social distancing the signing ceremony will also stream live on the LCTCS Facebook page: @golctcs.
LCTCS has a statewide footprint providing educational attainment opportunities across the state. The partnership with FranU further expands the reach of opportunities allowing students to earn certificates, associate degrees, and bachelors and beyond in the various healthcare pathways. These educational pathways along with continuing education opportunities provide access to students statewide to the healthcare programs offered at FranU through to the doctoral level. For example, FranU's RN to BSN program is a state partner where they challenge LCTCS RN graduates to expand their role as professional nurses and prepares RNs for graduate education.
“We are excited to announce this transfer agreement with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University,” said Monty Sullivan, president, LCTCS. “Through this partnership, FranU is identifying itself as a continuing education destination for two-year college students from across Louisiana. It is important for our students to know they are valued and welcomed at universities such as FranU. In particular, this seamless transfer agreement will bolster bachelorette nursing graduates and other much needed healthcare professionals in the Capital City Region, but also statewide. We are grateful to FranU for recognizing both the academic and technical capabilities and of our students.”
FranU President and CEO Tina Holland said, “FranU is a private university that serves the public good, and this transfer agreement with our LCTCS partners is a perfect example of how we contribute to the needs of Louisiana's citizens and the organizations that hire them. It is critically important that we collaborate, not just as higher education, but that we work closely with employers as well. Together we can establish what I envision to be a system of well-defined on-ramps and off-ramps for folks to enter and exit subsequent levels of education in preparation for the next work experience. Colleges and universities, and the businesses that hire our graduates need to work together, not just by taking and filling orders for certain kinds of human capital, but to invest in the people who make this state work, to see to it that Louisianans fulfill their God given potential, such that when you grow your people, you also grow your organization and Louisiana.”
The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) is a public, multi-institution system serving a diverse student population seeking workforce development training, academic programs of study, and the high school equivalency with colleges across Louisiana. LCTCS colleges collectively serve over 145,000 students in traditional credit instruction, workforce training, and adult education. Eighty percent of its over 33,000 annual graduates earned credentials in high-demand, high-income fields as defined by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Each year, over 15,000 students transfer from an LCTCS institution to a 4-year university.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) is a private, Catholic University founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady with an enrollment of approximately 1,300 students. FranU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and grants associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degrees primarily in the health care professions. FranU is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to recruit, develop, and retain a talented and diverse workforce.
LCTCS and FranU enter into this Agreement for the express purpose of ensuring acceptance of college coursework between institutions and further facilitate the transfer of LCTCS students who satisfy either of the following criteria:
1 An Associate Degree Awarded by a LCTCS campus with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, that meets one of the following requirements:
a The degree is an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AALT) degree, an Associate of Arts (AA), an Associate of General Studies (AGS), or an Associate in Science for Transfer (ASLT) degree. These degrees were designed to provide a clear pathway to a baccalaureate degree and they represent strong preparation for upper division coursework in a range of majors;
b Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and other Associate Degree where a transfer degree pathway has been established along with a course articulation table. LCTCS institutions with transfer degree pathways will work to establish a course articulation table for those programs not included in section 1a.
2 When an Associate Degree is not complete, a minimum of 30 transferrable semester units with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher is needed to meet transfer agreement requirements. College courses recognized in the state’s Board of Regents’ Course Articulation Matrix will be transferable when an equivalent is available. Where a transfer pathway exists, the course articulation table for those programs will be followed.
When determined by FranU, to its reasonable satisfaction that a student has satisfied either of the conditions set for above, LCTCS transfer students will be afforded the following opportunities:
LCTCS transfer students awarded an Associate Degree, as identified above, will be guaranteed admission at junior standing. Students will be made aware that additional prerequisites, and graduation requirements may be required for certain majors.
LCTCs transfer students without an Associate Degree but obtaining a minimum of 30 transferrable units as defined above will be guaranteed admission at an appropriate standing.
In either instance, students will be made aware of the additional prerequisites and graduation requirements in accordance with academic requirements for certain majors. Only students who are in good standing at their last transfer institution will be considered.
Transferability of Credit
Completed coursework includes transferable courses outlined on the FranU/LCTCS Articulation Matrix, which is a modified version of the State’s Board of Regents’ Course Articulation Matrix.
For LCTCS transfer students awarded an Associate Degree, FranU will accept a minimum of 60 semester units.Because the Associate Degrees listed in 1a are designed to provide a clear pathway to a baccalaureate degree and they represent strong preparation for upper division coursework in a range of majors, FranU will guarantee that credits will be used towards graduation of a bachelor degree.
For LCTCS transfer students without an Associate Degree, but with a minimum of 30 transferrable units, FranU will accept a minimum of 30 semester units. In cases where, transfer degree pathways are established along with a course articulation table for those transfer pathways, credits transferred will be used towards graduation requirements.
Institutions agree to accept the completion of general education requirements and other courses as identified in the state’s Board of Regents’ Course Articulation Matrix. These courses will be used to satisfy requirements of degree programs.
FranU will provide pre-transfer advising to LCTCS students through online, onsite, and/or telephone advising. Further advising by discipline will be available to future transfer students prior to and once enrolled. Informational materials for potential transfer students will be available at the community colleges to facilitate the transfer process.
Activities may include the following:
- Participation in transfer conferences, transfer fairs, professional conferences and visits to community colleges to educate administrators, counselors, faculty, staff, and students about University admissions requirements, costs, etc.;
- Provision of onsite admissions to eligible LCTCS students at transfer conferences, transfer fairs, and during college visits; and,
- Work with the LCTCS campus transfer centers to provide outreach to all students. Additional efforts will be made to reach out to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors.
For students without an Associate Degree, LCTCS and FranU will collaborate in communication and advice for students to have the opportunity to complete the Associate Degree while at their transfer institution, when applicable. This is commonly known as reverse transfer.
If an institution modifies the degree requirements or prerequisites after admission, transfer students will be accommodated with equivalent coursework credit and not penalized in total units required for their degree. Admitted transfer students will be required to follow the degree requirements as outlined in the catalog that was in effect at the time of application.
Transfer scholarship opportunities for incoming students based on grade point average and meeting all other applicable criteria will be developed, based on available funding.