Averett University and Southside Virginia Community College Partner in Sociology/Criminal Justice Articulation Agreement
DANVILLE, Va. (November 30, 2018) -- Today, Averett University President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks and Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) President Dr. Alfred Roberts signed the first articulation agreement and a community educational partnership agreement between the two schools in order to make the transfer process to Averett orderly and smooth for graduates of SVCC.
The articulation agreement focuses on those studying sociology and criminal justice, allowing for students who have completed SVCC’s administration of justice program to transfer to Averett University and continue their education to earn a Bachelor of Science in sociology/criminal justice. The students will enter Averett with a junior status and can expect to graduate after completing a minimum of 60 credits at Averett.
The community educational partnership agreement guarantees acceptance into Averett with a junior status of any student from SVCC who has completed an associate’s degree. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher will be able to transfer.
“We are excited to enter into a new partnership with Southside Virginia Community College. This is a wonderful opportunity for more students who wish to build upon their two-year degree by taking that next step to a four-year university,” Franks said. “We want to make the transition as easy as possible and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the team at Southside Virginia Community College.”
Both the Community Educational Partnership Agreement and the articulation agreement allow for an orderly and smooth transition for students, including many scholarship and financial aid options. Members of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, are automatically awarded a $2,000 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship once they are admitted to Averett University.
"Partnerships such as this one with Averett University are critical to the success of SVCC and our students. By joining others who share a common commitment to access and opportunity, we are able to provide additional pathways for our students to further their educational journey. We look forward to continued collaboration with Averett to better serve the citizens of Southside Virginia," said Dr. Roberts.
A Signing Ceremony of the Articulation Agreement between Averett University's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Southside Virginia Community College's (SVCC) Administration of Justice Program was held on November 30, 2018 on the Alberta campus of SVCC. Attending the event are (Left to Right) Dr. Jim Hodgson, GPS Criminal Justice Program Director and Professor of Sociology and Criminal lJustice, Averett, Dr. Alfonzo Seward, Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice at SVCC, Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Career and Occupational Technology, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, Dr. Tiffany Franks, President of Averett, Dorothea Sizemore, Dean of Enrollment Management, and Carthan Currin, III, Director of Economic Development for Brunswick County.
About Averett University
Since 1859, Averett University has grown and developed into a dynamic institution that serves students of all ages, offering more than 30 undergraduate majors, minors and special programs, along with five graduate programs with a number of concentrations. Dedicated to preparing students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change, the University’s historic main campus is embedded in the heart of Southern Virginia with regional campuses throughout Virginia and online. Averett enrolls a diverse student body, and boasts an alumni network that spans the globe.
About Southside Virginia Community College
Established in 1970 as a part of the 23-college Virginia Community College System, SVCC is a two-year institution of higher education. The college operates under the guidance of a local board and is financed by state funds, supplemented by contributions from the participating localities. The college serves ten counties and one city in southern Virginia. SVCC is dedicated to the belief that each individual should be given a continuing opportunity for the development and extension of skills and knowledge along with an opportunity to increase his/her role and responsibility in society.