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New Transfer Agreement between Louisburg College
and University of North Carolina at Pembroke

February 10, 2017

Signing Agreement

Assistant Professor of Business Studies Brian Sanders, Dr. Kelvin Spragley, Chair of the Business and Social Sciences Division, Provost Jim Eck and Louisburg College President Mark La Branche sign the agreement with UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Cummings and Provost Zoe Locklear.

Louisburg College leaders signed an agreement with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Friday that allows students who have graduated with an associate’s degree in business to transfer to Pembroke’s School of Business easily.

The direct-transfer agreement, signed on the Pembroke campus and effective for the spring 2017 semester, outlines the procedures and requirements for credits from Louisburg College to be accepted toward a bachelor’s degree at UNCP.

Dr. Mark La Branche, Louisburg College president, and Dr. Jim Eck, provost, signed the document with Dr. Robin G. Cummings, Pembroke’s chancellor, and Dr. Zoe Locklear, provost.

“The collaboration brings together two unique North Carolina institutions of higher learning with long legacies of service,” Cummings said. “We are pleased to partner with Louisburg College to provide their graduates a strong pathway to continue their education and pursue career goals.”

"When students complete their work at Louisburg College," La Branche said, “they will have an opportunity to transition seamlessly to Pembroke where they can go on to get their bachelor’s degree."

“To accomplish the goals of our state of having more students educated at a higher level, these kinds of relationships are going to be crucial.”

UNC Pembroke is planning to build a $36 million state-of-the art facility to house its School of Business. Last week, the university was awarded a $1.89 million matching grant from the Gold LEAF Foundation to provide classroom technology for the new building. Those funds will be combined with the $23 million UNCP received last year from the Connect NC Bond.

The School of Business is internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), earned by only five percent of business schools worldwide. Louisburg College, North Carolina’s only private, two-year college, is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. It offers associate degrees in arts, science and business and has articulation agreements with 35 colleges and universities. Ninety-two percent of Louisburg College graduates go on to four-year institutions.

The Pembroke agreement stipulates that Louisburg students who are North Carolina residents and are accepted for transfer may qualify for merit awards at UNCP. Eligibility is based on a grade point average of at least 3.4. The agreement waives the application fee and gives priority to Louisburg transfer students who apply by May 15 for the fall term. Only courses with a C or higher will transfer.

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Mark La Branche and Robin Cummings