SFCC and WNMU Partner to Help New Mexico Students | Santa Fe education
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Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and Western New Mexico University (WMNU) are partnering to help SFCC students complete associate degrees and easily transfer to WNMU. Santa Fe Community College President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., and Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard, Ph.D., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 20, paving the way for a full articulation agreement, which will guarantee SFCC students who have earned an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree admission to Western New Mexico University to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

SFCC President Rowley said, “This is a big win for our students who will not only be able to transfer to Western New Mexico University, but also be able to get transfer advice from WNMU representatives while studying at SFCC to make the transition so much easier.” WNMU President Shepard added, “We are proud to be working toward ensuring Santa Fe Community College graduates a shot at advancing their education and training through completing four-year degrees at WNMU, where we will count every credit they earned as part of their associate degrees.”

SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. with WNMU President Joseph Shepard, Ph.D. at signing on SFCC Campus.
SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. with WNMU President Joseph Shepard, Ph.D. at signing on SFCC campus.

The MOU is designed to encourage associate degree completion and support transition into a bachelor’s degree program by coordinating transfer policies, enhancing advising, and promoting the acceptance of courses and credits between SFCC and WMNU.

Some highlights of the SFCC and WNMU MOU are:

  • SFCC students will have access to WNMU advisement services before, during and after transferring to WNMU.
  • The agreement allows SFCC students to dual enroll at WNMU. Also, SFCC students who declare the intention of transferring to WNMU may receive access to select student services and privileges at WNMU while studying with SFCC, e.g., access to the library and admission to fine arts and cultural events as well as sports events.
  • SFCC students will be eligible for transfer student scholarships without further application.

WNMU and SFCC have agreed to prioritize the completion of individual articulation agreements in the disciplines of Human Services, Psychology, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Business, Education, Trades, Technology, Sustainability, and Professional Studies.

For more than 35 years, Santa Fe Community College has been the gateway to success for individuals and the community by providing affordable, high quality educational programs that serve the social, cultural, technological and economic needs of a diverse community. SFCC is designated a ”2019 Best for Vets” and a “2015 Military Friendly” school. The college serves more than 15,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult programs. For further information, visit sfcc.edu or call 505-428-1000.

This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead
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