CONCORD, N.H. -- College students have a new, even more streamlined way to start at a community college and then transfer to earn a bachelor's degree, thanks to a new type of block-transfer agreement reached between all seven of N.H.'s community colleges and Granite State College, which is part of the University System of New Hampshire.

While transfer pathways from the community colleges to baccalaureate institutions have proliferated in recent years, most require careful course selection and planning to determine what courses will transfer into particular baccalaureate majors. The new block-transfer agreement reached between the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) and Granite State College (GSC) simplifies the process by promising the transfer of all associate degree courses taken at the community college as a block to Granite State College's Fast Track Program.

GSC's Fast Track Program is specifically tailored to students with associate degrees and is designed to allow students to complete their Bachelor's Degrees in 18 months on-site at selected community colleges and/or online. The Fast Track Program consists of 15 courses, offered on a predictable schedule over the course of six terms. The goal is to ensure students a clear, flexible and empowered path to a Bachelor's Degree.

"This new pathway continues the work in recent years to ease and streamline the transfer process for students," said Dr. Charles Annal, Vice Chancellor of CCSNH. "This agreement differs from other transfer pathways in that it does not require specific matching of course equivalencies between the colleges, and reduces the chance that some courses may not be accepted into the receiving institution. Under this new agreement, once a student has made the initial choice of programs, the rest falls into place."

Acceptance at GSC requires students to have earned a 2.0 grade point average at the community college. Advising at both each institutions will be available to ensure students understand the pathway, grade point average requirement and complete the paperwork needed to transfer.

GSC's Fast Track program includes several degree program options, including: the Bachelor of Science in Business Management; the Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies -- Management; the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management; or the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies -- English Language Arts Teacher Preparation.

"This partnership is representative of GSC's mission to provide accessible, innovative and flexible higher education opportunities for students in New Hampshire and beyond," said Dr. Todd J. Leach, president of Granite State College. "Our Fast Track Program was created specifically based upon the needs of New Hampshire students, many of whom are working full- or part-time, raising families and juggling other life commitments. We know students want to secure their career paths in a way that is flexible, affordable and innovative. We are proud to meet those needs."

In the last five years, approximately 400 New Hampshire community college graduates have transferred into Granite State College. Officials at the Community College System of NH and at Granite State College anticipate that a growing number of students will take advantage of transfer pathways as the costs of college increase and New Hampshire families look for ways to reduce student loan debt.

The Community College System of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, professional training and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. The System's colleges are Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth; Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; Manchester Community College; Nashua Community College; NHTI -- Concord's Community College; River Valley Community College in Claremont and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin.

Granite State College has been empowering students to achieve their dreams for almost 40 years and is one of the four University System of New Hampshire institutions. GSC serves over 3,500 students statewide and beyond annually, and has served over 54,000 New Hampshire students since 1972. GSC proudly delivers practical and relevant education in the classroom and online, offering associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teacher education and a variety of transfer opportunities. GSC is committed to empowering and educating students, by delivering unparalleled, high-quality education in an affordable, flexible and innovative setting. Granite State College has 9 campuses across the state, including Manchester, Concord, Portsmouth, Rochester, Claremont, Lebanon, Conway, Littleton and Berlin.


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