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RIC, Bristol Community College sign transfer agreement

Seated are RIC President Nancy Carriuolo and Bristol Community College President John Sprega; standing, from left, are Deborah Johnson, director of admissions (RIC); Ron Pitt, vice president for academic affairs (RIC); Holly Shadoian, assistant vice president for academic affairs (RIC); Steven Maurano, interim commissioner of higher education; Steven Ozug, vice president of students and enrollment management (BCC); Eileen Shea, director of transfer affairs and articulation (BCC); Sarah Garrett, vice president of academic affairs (BCC); and Lucy Rios Saunders, admissions officer (RIC).

Seated are RIC President Nancy Carriuolo and Bristol Community College President John Sprega; standing, from left, are Deborah Johnson, director of admissions (RIC); Ron Pitt, vice president for academic affairs (RIC); Holly Shadoian, assistant vice president for academic affairs (RIC); Steven Maurano, interim commissioner of higher education; Steven Ozug, vice president of students and enrollment management (BCC); Eileen Shea, director of transfer affairs and articulation (BCC); Sarah Garrett, vice president of academic affairs (BCC); and Lucy Rios Saunders, admissions officer (RIC).
Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo and Bristol Community College President John Sbrega signed the first official transfer articulation agreement between the two institutions on Nov. 24. The official signing event marks RIC’s first formal agreement with a Massachusetts community college. Administrators and staff from both institutions gathered at RIC for the signing and celebration marking the new collaboration.

Last December, the RIC expanded the radius of its Metropolitan Tuition Policy (MTP) from 20 miles to 50 miles. This “Good Neighbor” initiative provides a tuition reduction for students whose permanent residence is in one of the Massachusetts or Connecticut cities or towns within the radius. Students pay the in-state tuition rate plus 50 percent rather than the full out-of-state tuition. Most BCC students live in one of the MTP-eligible towns.

“We have had a very positive relationship with Bristol Community College over the years,” said Holly Shadoian, assistant vice president for academic affairs. “BCC has become our largest transfer partner outside of RI and with the new MTP agreement, there is even more reason to formalize that relationship with an official articulation agreement.”

The transfer agreement will make it easier for students to plan their program of study. It will allow students at BCC to see exactly how their courses will transfer to RIC and will include a listing that indicates BCC equivalents to courses in RIC’s General Education program. In addition, there is a department listing so students can see how a variety of other courses transfer to RIC.

Students will not only enjoy a smooth and seamless transfer process, but will also save tuition dollars. The transfer coordinators at both colleges led the process and worked closely with the respective department chairs to create the new course-to-course agreement and also a special program-to-program articulation for communications majors.