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UA Strengthens Partnership with Gadsden State

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama and President Stuart R. Bell recently hosted leaders from community colleges around Alabama, including Gadsden State Community College President Kathy Murphy, as part of UA’s continuous effort to build and nurture the partnership between the Capstone and two-year institutions. 

“The University of Alabama views Gadsden State Community College as a strategic partner and we’re always looking for new ways to develop this special connection,” said Dr. Matthew McLendon, UA associate vice president and director of enrollment management. “Supporting transfer students from Gadsden State is an important part of our enrollment strategy. As the state’s flagship university, it provides us another avenue to serve students.”

During the event held at the President’s Mansion, Murphy and leaders from several community colleges had the opportunity to engage in conversation with Bell on ways to strengthen the bond between their institutions and the University.  

“Gadsden State Community College is delighted to partner with the University of Alabama to ensure a seamless transition for our students from being a community college graduate to becoming a university student,” said Dr. Kathy Murphy, president. “Our top priority at Gadsden State is student success, so we are always interested in helping our students advance their careers and improve their future, whether it’s through direct entry into the workforce or transferring to a four-year university to continue their education. Our partnership with UA is certainly appreciated.”

According to the University’s six-year graduation rate data, 70% of transfer students will earn their undergraduate degree from UA while simultaneously receiving credits for their associate degree they started at their respective community college.

“One immediate value for students who transfer to UA before earning their associate degree is students will have the option to have their University of Alabama credits transferred back to the two-year institution for evaluation and determination of eligibility for an associate degree,” said McLendon.

“Additionally, the overall support services the University provides to the student body, along with our wide range of academic programs, make coming to UA a great choice for those students who wish to earn an undergraduate degree.”

According to the nationally recognized First Destination Survey, 90% of those surveyed in UA’s May 2020 graduating class reported a positive outcome, such as full- or part-time employment, continuing education, military service or volunteer service, following graduation. Some of the top 10 employers included UA, Lockheed Martin, Dell Technologies and Children’s of Alabama, among others.

UA will host the fourth annual ACHIEVE Alabama Transfer Student Success Conference March 2-3. The virtual conference will bring together administrators, faculty and staff from two-year and four-year institutions across the state to foster collaboration to ensure student success and increase college completion rates.

The virtual conference is free and registration is available via the conference website or by calling 205-348-9966. Participants can submit proposals for session presentations until Feb. 1. 

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