PCC, Western Governors University Sign Transfer Agreement

PCC President Lawrence Rouse signs a memorandum of understanding.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College and Western Governors University have formed a partnership that establishes a clear pathway for Pitt graduates and employees to continue their studies with the online university.

The two-year agreement, which was signed this month, formalizes the transfer of applicable credits between PCC and WGU via transfer and/or reverse transfer articulation pathways. Essentially, the pact ensures PCC students and employees can access flexible, personalized learning pathways to higher education and professional development through WGU’s innovative online university and its applicable affiliates.

“Pitt and WGU share a commitment to excellent instruction and meaningful student learning,” PCC President Lawrence Rouse said. “We are also dedicated to increasing access to higher education and removing barriers that make it difficult for students to complete the credentials they need to secure gainful employment.”

Pat Jackson, chair of the PCC University Transfer and Foreign Language Department, welcomed the new partnership with WGU and the flexibility the university’s online programs offer students who have busy work and home schedules.

“Signing transfer agreements with accredited colleges and universities that are not part of North Carolina’s Comprehensive Articulation Agreement is tremendously beneficial to our students,” Jackson said. “In addition to increasing the number of viable options they have for pursuing a four-year degree or higher, they can be confident that when they transfer, they will be building upon the college credits they completed at PCC.”

Founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors intent on expanding access to high-quality, affordable higher education, WGU is a private, nonprofit university accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The university offers more than 80 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in health care, information technology, business and K-12 teacher education and has a nationwide enrollment of more than 147,000 students, including more than 5,100 in North Carolina.

“Since 1961, PCC has been educating local citizens and helping to build the workforce in eastern North Carolina,” said Dr. Ben Coulter, director of the Southeast Region for WGU and chancellor of WGU North Carolina. “This agreement will provide the option for PCC graduates and staff to continue their education at an accredited online university with more than 8,000 graduates in North Carolina.”

Tuition is approximately $4,000 per six-month term for most degree programs. As a competency-based university, WGU, which officially launched its North Carolina affiliate in 2017, offers students the option to take as many courses as they want per term with the consent of their assigned program mentor.

Per the agreement signed this month, Pitt graduates can transfer seamlessly to WGU to pursue bachelor’s degrees and receive credit for their completed coursework. Additionally, PCC graduates and employees who satisfy WGU admission requirements can apply for specially-designated WGU Community College Partner Scholarships valued at $2,500 each. The awards are disbursed in increments of $625 per academic term for up to four terms, based on satisfactory academic performance.

For more information about WGU North Carolina, visit nc.wgu.edu.