Students at North Carolina's community colleges who want to get a four-year degree will have an easier time doing so through a program at Western Carolina University.
The university in Cullowhee today announced an agreement with the state community college system, in which they have aligned their course requirements.
That means a student at any of the state's 58 community colleges will be able to take classes that count toward a bachelor's degree at Western.
Chancellor John Bardo says the program will help community college transfer students complete a four-year degree faster and less expensively. He says it's the first time any university in the state has matched its degree requirements with the community college system's course catalog.
Students who finish an associate's degree and have maintained a two-point-oh grade point average would be able to transfer immediately to Western.