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Barton and WCC Affirm Transfer Partnerships

Seated, from left: Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, President of Barton College and Dr. Tim Wright, President of Wilson Community College. Standing, from left: Dr. Jill Fegley, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success at Barton; Dr. Gary Daynes, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Barton; Dr. Luis Carlos Ayarza, Assistant Professor of Spanish at Barton; Suzanna Hernandez, Instructor for the Community Spanish Interpreter Program at WCC, Rob Holsten, Vice President for Academic Affairs at WCC, and Dr. Morgan Daughety, Dean of College Transfer and Public Services at WCC.  

WILSON, N.C. — December 14, 2016 — Barton College and Wilson Community College are pleased to announce an affirmation of partnership through a new college-wide articulation agreement as well as the establishment of a new program agreement. The purpose of these articulation agreements is to promote a seamless pathway for qualified transfer students from Wilson Community College to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Barton.

Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, and Dr. Tim Wright, president of Wilson Community College, and their respective campuses are committed to the greater Wilson community as well as the region at large. This partnership further strengthens the educational commitment of these two educational institutions to Eastern North Carolina.

“Wilson Community College and Barton College share longstanding educational ties with the Wilson community, and this continuing partnership is a testament to our intentional collaboration to expand meaningful academic opportunities for students in Wilson and Eastern North Carolina,” shared Dr. Searcy. “We are particularly excited to add a new bilateral agreement for WCC graduates interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish at Barton and look forward to future opportunities to work with Dr. Wright and the leadership at WCC.”

“We are very happy to work with Dr. Searcy and Barton College toward providing more educational opportunities for folks in our area, said Dr. Wright.  “Wilson Community College students are exceptionally well prepared, with over a ninety percent success rate when they transfer to public universities.  So Barton will be getting some outstanding bachelor’s degree candidates.”

The college-wide articulation agreement focuses on Wilson Community College students who have completed their Associate in Arts degree or Associate in Science degree with a 2.0 GPA or higher. Having met all standard admission requirements, these Wilson Community College graduates may transfer to Barton College at the junior level with all baccalaureate general college core requirements satisfied, with the exception of the junior level general education capstone course (GEN 301) that will be completed during the Barton Experience.

The second articulation addresses Barton’s bilateral agreement with Wilson Community College to ensure that those students successfully completing the Community Spanish Interpreter Associate in Applied Science degree at Wilson Community College may transfer with ease into the School of Humanities at Barton College to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.

“I’m very excited to build the partnership and strengthen the relationship between our two institutions, which not only benefits our students but also the community at large,” added Robert Holsten, vice president for academic affairs at Wilson Community College.

This collaboration between Barton College and Wilson Community College supports both institutions’ commitment to academically prepare students to be successful and productive leaders in their chosen professional fields.

“Wilson Community College and Barton College share a desire to improve the quality of life in our city. We believe that the best way to do that is through education,” said Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Barton College. “These articulation agreements allow us to work side by side to help students achieve their educational goals. Of equal importance, they also equip students to engage more deeply in the richly diverse life of our community.”


Questions? Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations at Barton College, at 252-399-6529 or kdaughety@barton.edu or Renee Watkevich, director of institutional advancement at Wilson Community College, at 252-246-1293 or rwatkevich@wilsoncc.edu.