2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity

ADVANCE: A Community College and University Partnership Model for Expanding and Diversifying the Talent Pipeline to the Jobs of Tomorrow

Presented at Track Learning Spaces, Pedagogy & Curriculum Design Technical Session 8

George Mason University (Mason) and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) have launched a new student experience model for community college students interested in pursuing a four-year degree. The ADVANCE program will eliminate the obstacles of an outdated transfer process, and replace it with a new NOVA-Mason experience that leads students through streamlined, guided program pathways toward bachelor’s degree completion. ADVANCE aims to expand access to bachelor’s degrees for a more diverse student population, including adult, first-generation, veteran, minority, and low-income students, while providing them with integrated career and advising support to ensure their success. ADVANCE may serve as a national model and can be readily adopted by other community colleges and four-year institutions. Many community colleges and four-year universities across the country have articulation agreements that guarantee transfer for students. ADVANCE not only guarantees transfer but also makes sure that every credit taken counts towards a bachelor’s degree, that students graduate on time and at a lower cost to them, that their educational pathways lead to meaningful careers, and that they receive the support they need along their journey.

  1. Dr. Kenneth S. Ball P.E. George Mason University [biography]
  2. Dr. Oscar Barton Jr. P.E. George Mason University [biography]
  3. Dr. Sharon A. Caraballo George Mason University [biography]
  4. Dr. Liza Wilson Durant George Mason University [biography]
  5. Dr. Michelle Marks George Mason University [biography]
  6. Ms. Angelina Jarrouj George Mason University
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