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Media Contact: Laurie White,
Chief Communications Officer
Partners with TCC to Launch Baccalaureate Aimed at Adult Students
students, recent grads to have unique access to UVA experience
NORFOLK, Va. - (Nov. 7, 2003)
- The University of Virginia and Tidewater Community College announce
a baccalaureate program for TCC students and recent graduates, providing
unique access to the UVA experience. The university will deliver
the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program at TCC campuses.
"We are pleased to accept
TCC's invitation to offer our inaugural adult degree-completion
program for baccalaureate students at a community college," says
UVA President John Casteen. "This is an exciting opportunity to
bring the university to Tidewater."
TCC President Deborah DiCroce,
who proposed the partnership, explains, "The community we serve
- the Hampton Roads region of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk,
and Virginia Beach - will have an unparalleled opportunity to attain
a four-year degree from the Commonwealth's flagship university."
"This expands the menu of
options for our students relative to transfer by providing a cooperative
program in partnership with the nation's No.1-ranked public research
university. I am excited for our students and grateful for UVA's
vision and outreach."
The new degree-completion
program for TCC students and recent graduates focuses on educational
needs of the adult student. UVA faculty will deliver the Bachelor
of Interdisciplinary Studies coursework through a rigorous part-time
program, with evening classes. The program begins in fall 2004;
the enrollment process began at TCC this week.
The University of Virginia
has offered the BIS program in Charlottesville since 1999. Through
the TCC partnership, UVA will extend the program exclusively to
qualified TCC students, recent alumni, and adults who graduated
from high school four years ago or more . Nov. 4-6, staff from UVA's
BIS program visited TCC campuses to answer questions and provide
specific information about this exciting new program.
Students applying to the
BIS degree program should:
- be in good standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA from TCC;
- be at least four years past high school graduation;
- and hold no previous degree from a four-year institution.
For application information,
call TCC's Information Center at 757-822-1122 and visit the web
, or www.tcc.edu.
To speak to President DiCroce and academic sources about this groundbreaking
program in Hampton Roads, contact Laurie White at TCC, 757.822.1085
Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges
in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students
annually. The 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community-college
network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community
colleges. Founded in 1958 as a part of the Virginia Community College
System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses
in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as
the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater
district in downtown Norfolk and a regional Advanced Technology
Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents
attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled
For more information, visit www.tcc.edu.
Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer