A newly-signed agreement will allow associate degree-earning students at Roxbury Community College to more easily transfer into one of the bachelor degree programs at Cambridge College.
The schools announced the articulation deal this week. Students who graduate from Roxbury Community College with an associate’s degree in arts or science will be able to transfer credit for that degree and up to 90 credits overall to pursue further studies at Cambridge College.
"We are very pleased to have created a relationship that truly benefits the students at both colleges," said a statement from Cambridge College President Deborah Jackson. "By removing barriers to progressive matriculation, we believe we can help fulfill the college's mission of expanding academic opportunity."
Denise Haile, director of admissions at Cambridge College, said the agreement is expected to lead to a substantial increase in the number of Roxbury Community College graduates who transfer to Cambridge College.
"This agreement was a natural fit for the missions of both institutions," she said in a statement. "We are certain that incoming students from Roxbury Community College will prove our strong belief that RCC is a local leader in academic excellence."
The privately-run Cambridge College enrolls more than 8,000 students each year in professional education, undergraduate, graduate and doctorate-level degree programs at its main campus in Cambridge and at two regional centers in Massachusetts: Springfield, Lawrence; and at five others in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Puerto Rico and California.
Roxbury Community College is one of 15 state-run community colleges in Massachusetts. The school located in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood offers associate degree and certificate programs. About 2,700 students enroll there. The college has articulation agreements signed with nearly two dozen other higher education institutions.
"This articulation agreement presents a marvelous opportunity for our students," said Linda Edmonds Turner, interim president at Roxbury Community College.