Fletcher and FranU Sign Transfer Articulation Agreement

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Fletcher Technical Community College and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University signed a Transfer Articulation Agreement on June 25 at FranU.

The partnership with FranU further expands the reach of opportunities allowing students to earn certificates, associate degrees, and bachelors and beyond in the various pathways. These educational pathways along with continuing education opportunities provide access to students statewide to the programs offered at FranU through to the doctoral level.

Fletcher and FranU enter into this Agreement for the expressed purpose of ensuring acceptance of college coursework between institutions and further facilitate the transfer of Fletcher students with the following pathways outlined: Bachelor of Business Administration-General Business Administration track, Bachelor of Business Administration-Health Administration Track, Bachelor of Science-Health Sciences-Health Administration Track, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Medical Lab Technician-Medical Laboratory Sciences.

Fletcher Chancellor Kristine Strickland stated, “We are excited to partner with FranU in providing opportunities for our students to transfer. Continuation of one’s education is vital to both personal and professional development. Providing opportunities such as these helps our students easily determine their next path. We thank FranU for their continued leadership in higher education and for their willingness to partner to advance graduates of Fletcher Technical Community College.”

FranU President Tina Holland said, “After spending some time on Fletcher's campus, their commitment to meeting students where they are and preparing them for personal and professional success was obvious. This agreement represents our shared commitment to these students. FranU looks forward to welcoming Fletcher graduates and providing them the opportunity to pursue the next step in fulfilling their God-given potential. We value our relationship with Louisiana's Community and Technical College System because these kinds of collaborations help us to create seamless educational and career pathways that serve Louisiana's students and the organizations that hire them.”

Fletcher is an open-admission, two-year public institution of higher education dedicated to offering high-quality technical and academic programs to the community of South Louisiana in order to prepare individuals for employment, career advancement, and lifelong learning. The College serves a diverse population of 5000+ individuals annually by providing pathways to higher education, the workforce, life-long learning, and/or personal enrichment. The College prepares students for success through technology-driven curriculum and a supportive environment utilizing academic practices that cultivate student success at the highest levels. The College actively engages business and industry to develop the Bayou Region’s workforce.

FranU is a private, Catholic University founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady with an enrollment of approximately 1,300 students. FranU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and grants associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degrees primarily in the health care professions. FranU is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce.

Fletcher transfer students will be afforded the following opportunities:

Guaranteed Admission

Fletcher transfer students awarded an Associate Degree, as identified above, will be guaranteed admission at junior standing. Students will be made aware that additional prerequisites, and graduation requirements may be required for certain majors.

Fletcher transfer students without an Associate Degree but obtaining a minimum of 30 transferrable units as defined above will be guaranteed admission at an appropriate standing.

In either instance, students will be made aware of the additional prerequisites and graduation requirements in accordance with academic requirements for certain majors. Only students who are in good standing at their last transfer institution will be considered.

Transferability of Credit

Completed coursework includes transferable courses outlined on the FranU/Fletcher Articulation Matrix, which is a modified version of the State’s Board of Regents’ Course Articulation Matrix.

For Fletcher transfer students awarded an Associate Degree, FranU will accept a minimum of 60 semester units. Because the Associate Degrees listed in 1a are designed to provide a clear pathway to a baccalaureate degree and they represent strong preparation for upper division coursework in a range of majors, FranU will guarantee that credits will be used towards graduation of a bachelor degree.

For Fletcher transfer students without an Associate Degree, but with a minimum of 30 transferrable units, FranU will accept a minimum of 30 semester units. In cases where, transfer degree pathways are established along with a course articulation table for those transfer pathways, credits transferred will be used towards graduation requirements.

Institutions agree to accept the completion of general education requirements and other courses as identified in the state’s Board of Regents’ Course Articulation Matrix. These courses will be used to satisfy requirements of degree programs.

Student Advising

FranU will provide pre-transfer advising to Fletcher students through online, onsite, and/or telephone advising. Further advising by discipline will be available to future transfer students prior to and once enrolled. Informational materials for potential transfer students will be available at the community colleges to facilitate the transfer process.

Activities may include the following:

  • Participation in transfer conferences, transfer fairs, professional conferences and visits to community colleges to educate administrators, counselors, faculty, staff, and students about University admissions requirements, costs, etc.;
  • Provision of onsite admissions to eligible Fletcher students at transfer conferences, transfer fairs, and during college visits; and,
  • Work with the Fletcher campus transfer centers to provide outreach to all students. Additional efforts will be made to reach out to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors.

For students without an Associate Degree, Fletcher and FranU will collaborate in communication and advice for students to have the opportunity to complete the Associate Degree while at their transfer institution, when applicable. This is commonly known as reverse transfer.

If an institution modifies the degree requirements or prerequisites after admission, transfer students will be accommodated with equivalent coursework credit and not penalized in total units required for their degree. Admitted transfer students will be required to follow the degree requirements as outlined in the catalog that was in effect at the time of application.

Scholarship Opportunities

Transfer scholarship opportunities for incoming students based on grade point average and meeting all other applicable criteria will be developed, based on available funding.

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