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APSU, HCC presidents sign Two-Plus-Two Agreement

Yesterday at Hopkinsville (Ky.) Community College, the presidents of both schools signed an official agreement to ensure that Austin Peay State University accepts HCC graduates into its Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (B.S.P.S.) at the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell.

Called a Two-Plus-Two Articulation Agreement, the contract eases transfer of credits by a prearrangement that cuts through any red tape hampering transfer of community college credit to a fully accredited four-year university, such as Austin Peay.
Yesterday at Hopkinsville (Ky.) Community College, the presidents of both schools signed an official agreement to ensure that Austin Peay State University accepts HCC graduates into its Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (B.S.P.S.) at the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell.

Called a Two-Plus-Two Articulation Agreement, the contract eases transfer of credits by a prearrangement that cuts through any red tape hampering transfer of community college credit to a fully accredited four-year university, such as Austin Peay.

“With the cooperative arrangement signed today, we have increased educational opportunities for our students and made it easier for our graduates to transfer,” said Dr. Bonnie Rogers, HCC president. “Hopkinsville Community College and Austin Peay are cooperating to assist students in attaining their educational and vocational goals.”

APSU's unique B.S.P.S. program, which was launched in July 2001, now accepts the first two years of college work (associate of science degrees) from HCC. The last two years of the program will be completed through the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell.

Dr. Sherry Hoppe, APSU president said, “We thank Dr. Rogers for her enthusiasm in working with us on this program to improve the future of her graduates.

“Looking only at the bottom-line benefit of going on to obtain a baccalaureate degree, without even considering all the intangible benefits of additional education, federal-government statistics indicate a person will earn about $12,000 more a year with a bachelor's degree.”

Effective immediately, the following HCC courses will fully transfer toward APSU's B.S.P.S.:

*Associate of Arts Transfer Program (A.A.)
*Associate of Science Transfer Program (A.S.)
*Pre-professional Program (A.S.)
*Agriculture Technology (A.A.S.)
*Business Administration (A.A.S.), Management Option
*Criminal Justice (A.A.S.), Corrections Option
*Criminal Justice (A.A.S.), Criminal Justice Option
*Criminal Justice (A.A.S.), Law Enforcement Option
*Criminal Justice (A.A.S.), Security and Loss Prevention Option
*Early Childhood Education (A.A.S.)
*Education (A.A.S.), Teacher Associate Option
*Education (A.A.S.), Teacher Preparation Option
*General Occupational Technical Studies (A.A.S.)
*Human Services (A.A.S.)
*Industrial and Engineering Technology (A.A.S.), Electrical Option
*Industrial and Engineering Technology (A.A.S.), Manufacturing Option
*Information Technology (A.A.S.), Electronic Programming Option
*Information Technology (A.A.S.), Electronic Commerce Option
*Information Technology (A.A.S.), Network Administration Option
*Information Technology (A.A.S.), Web Development and Administration Option
*Nursing Program-RN (A.A.S).
*Office Systems Technology (A.A.S.), Administrative Option
*Office Systems Technology (A.A.S.), Medical Option

The program managers/faculty of each HCC program who advise students will work closely with Dr. Phil Hatch, coordinator of Austin Peay's B.S.P.S. program, who will carry on the advisement in the students' remaining two years.

“Although we are solidifying similar Two-Plus-Two Articulation Agreements with other community colleges, we're delighted our first contract is with Hopkinsville Community College,” Hoppe said. “Many of our alumni are HCC alumni, too.”

“Our two institutions have a long history of cooperation. Working together, we can maximize our efforts to raise the overall educational level within the region we serve.”

For more information about the HCC-APSU Two-Plus-Two Articulation Agreement, telephone (931) 221-1464.
—Dennie Burke