2017-2018 Catalog

The Transfer Associate Degrees

Western Piedmont offers Associate Degrees which are for transfer to senior colleges and universities. They are the Associate in Arts (AA) and the Associate in Science (AS) degrees.

The AA and AS degrees are designed in compliance with the Com­prehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) between the NC Community College System and the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. The CAA provides the following upon admission to the university:

  • Graduates of the AA or AS degree program, as outlined on the following pages, will transfer a minimum 60 SHC and receive junior status.

Local Associate Degree Requirements

Local Associate Degree requirements include the following:

  1. ACA 122 must be completed in students’ first or second semester after completion of all developmental reading and writing pre-requisites. 
  2. Students must have the opportunity to develop oral communication skills.  This may be met by COM 231 or by completion of other courses that provide instruction in this skill.

All students must meet the receiving institution’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, either before or after transfer. Students who wish to transfer to a private or out of state institution are subject only to the local degree requirements.

College transfer students have a new resource in preparing for successful transfer to North Carolina public universities.  Major Pathways are lists of courses recommended by the universities to prepare transfer students for success in specific majors at senior institutions.  Students should discuss their program emphasis and intended major with their advisors and consult information on Major Pathways in preparation for transfer.

Other Requirements are as Follows:

  1. Admission to the AA or AS degree programs requires High School or High School Equivalency completion.
  2. All AA and AS degree students must demonstrate proficiency in basic reading, writing, and mathematics before enrolling in 100 level English and mathematics courses. Proficiency in basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills may be demonstrated by satisfactory performance on the College’s placement tests or by successful completion of appropriate College and Career Readiness courses. (See Developmental Studies Program for details.) College and Career Readiness requirements other than English or Mathematics courses, if applicable, are indicated in other course prerequisite(s).
  3. 1 SHC Work Based Learning (WBL) may be included (transfer Associate Degrees which include WBL credit require a minimum of 65 SHC).
  4. Courses numbered 190-199 and 290-299 may be included up to a maximum of 3 SHC. The receiving institution will determine the transferability of these courses on a course by course basis.
  5. Students must complete 30 SHC, including the final 10 SHC at Western Piedmont; and one half of the required General Education core requirements.
  6. Graduates must hold a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00.
  7. Students must submit a Petition for Graduation to the Director of Records and Registration during the final semester of enrollment.