December 3rd, 2009 – Forsyth Technical Community College and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) have entered into an agreement that will allow students to be simultaneously granted admission to both colleges.
The Dual Admissions Program (DAP) partnership is designed to provide support and resources to students who may not be ready to succeed in a bachelor’s degree program.
“Many of our students come to Winston-Salem State without the depth of preparation needed to be successful in college,” said WSSU Chancellor Donald J. Reaves. “This partnership with Forsyth Tech will provide those students with such important supports as smaller classes and lower tuition. By using dual admission, we also will be taking the steps necessary to help students feel a part of our campus so that the transition to a four-year institution will be easier for them.”
Under the DAP agreement, students will have a seamless application process that includes admission to both institutions. There will also be shared responsibility for student advising, access to resources at both campuses and opportunities to participate in some of the university’s co-curricular activities.
“Part of the mission of WSSU, and of all historically black colleges and universities, is to provide access to higher education,” added Reaves. “As we change our admission standards, this program ensures that students will continue to have the opportunity to earn a four-year college degree.”
Students who graduate with Associate Degrees in arts or science from Forsyth Tech are already able to transfer their credits to University of North Carolina schools. This new partnership provides additional advantages.
“Students will have the same benefits as in our regular program, and will have the additional benefit of an established relationship with Winston-Salem State,” said Dr. Gary M. Green, president of Forsyth Tech. “They will have access to academic advisers, student activities and facilities at both schools.”
Students who apply and do not meet the admission standards at WSSU will receive information on the Dual Admissions Program. Students who sign the contract to join the program and are accepted will receive a letter of deferment for admission to WSSU.
Students who graduate with Associate of Art or Science degrees and who meet other criteria such as grade point average and no disciplinary sanctions are guaranteed admission into a related baccalaureate degree program at WSSU.
“We are excited to be able to offer our students another option for continuing their education,” said Green. “Our partnership with Winston-Salem State enhances our ability to provide quality, affordable, accessible educational opportunities.”