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Saint Augustine University Partners with Wayne County Community College District to Create Transfer Pathways

Pictured L-R: (front row) SAU President Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail and WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery with representatives of both institutions after signing the Memorandum of Understanding agreement. Photo Credit: Wayne County Community College District

Saint Augustine University (SAU) has partnered with Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) in Detroit, MI to allow WCCCD students eligible for articulated course credits at SAU to attend the university at no cost.

The articulation program formed between the two institutions enables SAU to provide free articulation benefits to past and current college students who meet articulation criteria and academic requirements. Additionally, SAU will review student applications for admission according to SAU’s standard admissions criteria while favorably recognizing student achievement at WCCCD.

“The launch of our HBCU Urban Access Centers ensures that we will no longer define ourselves through our traditional structures,” said SAU President Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail. “This articulation agreement delivers on our promise to provide access to SAU all year round by leveraging the kinship between two American inventions – community colleges and HBCUs.

In executing this agreement, SAU will work with WCCCD to develop strategies to provide WCCCD students and graduates with necessary information about program opportunities and transfer credit requirements. In addition, an appointed staff member at each institution will publish and review degree pathways and degree plans annually to ensure ongoing communication. Through these activities, institutions will simultaneously work to modify their policies, procedures, etc., to meet the changing needs of their students.

“Our mission has always been to provide pathways to a better life through higher education,” said WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery. “This articulation agreement aligns firmly with that mission and expands our existing transfer programs and university partnerships to help more students earn advanced degrees seamlessly.”

Although the partnership ensures a smoother transfer process, it does not change the admissions and academic requirements for specific bachelor’s degrees. Instead, this partnership allows WCCCD students and those currently in SAU to stay on track and know what is needed. Therefore, the admission, academic and graduation requirements of the SAU remain unchanged.

About Wayne County Community College District:

WCCCD, one of Michigan’s largest urban community colleges, is a multi-campus district with six specialty sites and campuses, including Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center, Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center, Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education (MIPSE), the Curtis L. Ivery Health and Wellness Education Center, and the Outdoor Careers Training Center. The district serves 32 cities and townships over more than 500 square miles. WCCCD is committed to continuing the development of new programs, the transformation of the workforce, the organization of community training sessions and the improvement of facilities and services for students.

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