Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University-Shreveport signed a joint admissions agreement with Bossier Parish Community College that will allow BPCC students to affiliate with one of the two 4-year universities. The agreement creates a seamless transition for students who intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree after earning their associate degree, provides an academic advisor from both the university and the community college and allows the students to participate in student life activities at their chosen university.
Administrators say the agreement will allow students to make the best use of their time and resources in transitioning from a 2-year to a 4-year school.
“This is first and foremost about the students,” said NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson. “This agreement demonstrates another way we are eliminating barriers for our student for a better quality of life and a better economy for Louisiana. Our agreement provides a practical, affordable option for traditional and non-traditional students and builds upon the partnerships already established between BPCC and Northwestern State.”
BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman said the agreement demonstrates the schools’ willingness to put students first.
“This is a commitment we made early on: Students first. No excuses,” Bateman said. “These agreements focus on what is best for students.”
The agreement will expand student options for college services, improve academic program articulation and facilitate planning and alignment of instructional programs.
“This brings three higher education systems together to show what we can do to affect students,” Bateman said. “These are two outstanding universities where the majority of our students go and we are introducing them to the university culture.”
BPCC and Northwestern State already have several agreements in place to help students achieve their educational goals while meeting workforce needs and promoting economic development in Louisiana.
For more information on admissions at Northwestern State, visit nsula.edu.
Joint Admissions Signing:
LSU-S Chancellor Dr. Larry Clark, BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman and NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson.