A smooth transition

Innovative TU Freshman Transition program offers more opportunities to attend TU

TOWSON, Md. (Sept. 29, 2008)—The Towson University Freshman Transition Program—a collaboration between Towson University and the Community College of Baltimore County—will offer first-time college freshmen the opportunity to take CCBC courses, taught by CCBC faculty, on TU’s campus.

TU President Robert L. Caret and CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis signed a memorandum of understanding between their two institutions on October 1. Baltimore County Executive James Smith and TU Provost James Clements joined Caret and Kurtinitis as speakers.

The program is designed for students who applied to TU but fell just short of acceptance. Those who accept this invitation enroll as CCBC students, are instructed by CCBC faculty, pay CCBC tuition and may apply for financial aid through CCBC. However, they will take courses on TU’s campus, receive the same support services as TU students, and are invited, but not required, to live in TU residence halls.

CCBC will offer students in the program eight to 11 courses at TU during the fall 2008 and spring 2009 terms. Freshman Transition Program students will be expected to enroll in a full course load of at least 12 credits offered by CCBC at TU. All courses will meet general education or developmental requirements for both institutions.

Students completing 12 or more credits (excluding developmental course work) with a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA and a minimum of a “C” in each course will be eligible to transfer to TU as a first-term freshman.

“As Baltimore’s metropolitan university, Towson University is dedicated to providing the widest access possible to applicants from our community, including those who fall just short of acceptance,” Caret says. “Through collaboration, we are creating opportunities for more local residents to map their future at Towson University and give them the tools they need to succeed.”

"We are proud to work with Towson on this unique program,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis.  “Access and opportunity are a key part of our mission. Whenever we can help smooth the way for someone to acquire a college education, we are ready to go the extra mile to do it."




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