Agreement Enables Students to Attend U of A and NWACC Simultaneously

Chancellor Steinmetz and President Jorgenson sign the Transition Academic Program agreement
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Chancellor Steinmetz and President Jorgenson sign the Transition Academic Program agreement

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas and NorthWest Arkansas Community College signed an agreement establishing a joint Transition Academic Program. The program will enable eligible students to enroll, take courses and share credits at both schools, while simultaneously pursuing associate degrees at NWACC and bachelor’s degrees at the U of A.

Top administrators from both schools signed the Memorandum of Understanding during a brief ceremony in the Fowler House Conservatory at the U of A on Thursday, Jan. 10.

“This innovative program is a way to help students achieve their academic goals while increasing the number of associate and bachelor’s degrees produced by NorthWest Arkansas Community College and by the University of Arkansas,” said U of A Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz. “Student success in this program also means success for Arkansas, as we increase the number of college graduates in the state.”

The Transition Academic Program will allow students who do not meet the full requirements for admission at the University of Arkansas to enroll as non-degree seeking students and take one course a semester at the U of A while simultaneously enrolling and taking at least three courses at the NWACC campus in either Springdale or Bentonville. After at least two semesters in the program students who maintain a 2.0 grade point average or better can transfer full-time to the U of A, while still taking courses toward an associate degree at NWACC. The program also provides for reverse credit transfers, so that U of A credits can also go towards the NWACC associate degree.

Financial aid will be available for all qualified students who are part of the Transition Academic Program.

“Our goal with this program is to provide students with the best opportunities for success,” said NWACC President Evelyn E. Jorgenson. “As always, we look forward to working closely with the University of Arkansas to provide students the unique support they may need and the opportunities they deserve in order to fully reach their potential. The best possible result from this collaboration would be additional, successful University of Arkansas graduates who contribute to the well-educated workforce of this state. I know that NorthWest Arkansas Community College can play an important role in this effort.”

To qualify for the program, students must meet NWACC admissions standards and have an academic record that suggests they can succeed at the U of A with the support of the transition program. These students will be contacted by U of A admissions officers and invited to enter the Transition Academic Program.

The two schools expect to admit from 50 to 100 students into the Transition Academic Program each academic year, beginning with the fall 2019 semester. The program may be expanded in the future.


About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


About NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC): NWACC is an accredited, public two-year institution that serves and strengthens its surrounding communities by helping students maximize their potential and exceed expectations. With state-of-the-art facilities, NWACC provides excellent academic instruction, workforce training and personalized attention from highly respected faculty, staff and administrators. For more information, visit


Lisa Anderson, executive director of planning, effectiveness and public relations
NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations
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