ACCS partners with Stillman College on innovative Path Program

The Alabama Community College System has partnered with Stillman College in Tuscaloosa on an admission program that will provide degree graduates of ACCS colleges a streamlined pathway to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ACCS Chancellor Dr. Mark Heinrich and Interim Stillman College President Dr. Peter E. Millet this month signed a memorandum of understanding that calls for the establishment of the “Path to a Baccalaureate Degree,” or Path Program for short.

Dr. Heinrich and Dr. Millet said the Path Program is structured to provide a seamless transition for students across Alabama who earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at an ACCS college and want to continue their education at Stillman College.

“We are excited about the opportunities this new partnership creates for our students across the state,” Dr. Heinrich said. “The Path to a Baccalaureate Degree program will allow them to seamlessly continue working to achieve their academic and professional goals. This partnership is another example of the positive impact that we can have on our students, their families and the state of Alabama when we work together. It is a win-win situation.”

“Community colleges in Alabama provide students with an outstanding education and produce students who are well prepared to excel at Stillman,” Dr. Millet said. “The first project of its kind in the state of Alabama, it is a groundbreaking innovation that will ultimately benefit both entities, as well as residents and businesses in the state of Alabama.”

ACCS has articulation agreements providing simplified, guaranteed transfers of credits with independent colleges and universities across the state, including Birmingham-Southern College and Tuskegee University. The Path Program represents the first formal agreement between the System and Stillman College.

Beginning with the 2014 summer term, under the Path Program, students who receive an associate’s degree from an ACCS college will be automatically admitted to Stillman College. The program is designed to be completed in four semesters by ACCS graduates who have completed a content area compatible with the Stillman curriculum. Stillman will offer all courses required to complete a bachelor’s degree in the sequence needed for Path Program students.

ACCS is the state’s largest system of public higher education and the state’s most affordable and accessible system of higher education. It has a network of 25 community and technical colleges throughout Alabama, along with the Marion Military Institute, one of just three military junior colleges in the nation. More than 15,000 ACCS students transfer to a four-year university each year.

Founded in 1876, Stillman College is a private, liberal arts institution, committed to providing high-quality educational opportunities for diverse populations with disparate levels of academic preparation. Its enrollment tops 1,000 students.