Tidewater Community College student Charleston Yancey has wanted to attend Virginia Wesleyan University since he was a kid. When he graduates with an Associate of Science in Social Sciences this May, his path to a four-year degree will be seamless thanks to the new Fair Transfer Guarantee agreement between VWU and TCC.
“It takes a lot of stress off of me,” Yancey said. “I have a plan. Now I can get there and graduate in two years and still stay in that four-year track.”
In a signing ceremony held at Virginia Wesleyan on February 27, VWU President Scott D. Miller and TCC President Gregory T. DeCinque formalized the new admission agreement. Beginning this fall, TCC graduates with associate of arts or science degrees will enter Virginia Wesleyan with junior class status. All lower-level general education requirements — including foreign language — will be deemed complete, allowing students to focus on courses for their major and upper-level elective credits necessary for their bachelor’s degree.
President DeCinque commended the agreement, praising the simplified process and the impact it will have on TCC students.
“This is more than a simple transfer agreement,” said President DeCinque. “This is a true partnership to help our students move from one excellent environment to another.”
“We have been good neighbors and partners with TCC for many years,” President Miller said. “We want their students to feel comfortable and confident making important decisions about their future. There can be frustrations that come with transferring to a four-year institution — loss of credits can add years to the pursuit of a degree, which, in turn, can rack up student loan debt. With the new Fair Transfer Guarantee, TCC students will have the opportunity to come to Virginia Wesleyan on even footing with students who started here as freshmen.”
To make students’ transition to VWU even more seamless, VWU created the Marlin Fast Pass concurrent enrollment program. TCC students who declare their intent to transfer to VWU will be assigned a VWU academic advisor and issued a VWU student ID. They will have full access to the VWU campus—including use of the library and fitness center, and free admission to athletic and cultural events—before they even become students at VWU. And, students who have attained a 3.0 GPA at the completion of their freshman year at TCC will be eligible to concurrently enroll in 200- and 300-level VWU courses during their sophomore year.
This is a timely accomplishment, as Virginia Wesleyan opened an Enrollment and Advising Office on TCC’s Virginia Beach campus in December. VWU enrollment counselors work onsite at TCC each Wednesday, assisting students in person who are interested in transferring. Virginia Wesleyan also offers the Virginia Beach College Success Scholarship, a $10,000 annual scholarship program for Virginia Beach residents.
Yancey, 19, who attended the ceremony with his family in attendance, visited Virginia Wesleyan when he was a youngster and immediately felt it was “home.” His best friend, TCC student Graclyn Walker, also attended the signing event, as she will transfer to Virginia Wesleyan in the fall with plans to major in criminal justice.