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OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon, left, and SBU President Eric Turner shake on it during the June 6 signing ceremony.

Ozarks Technical Community College and Southwest Baptist University students now have a few more future options, thanks to an articulation agreement signed last week by the two schools.

The agreement, which leaders put their pens to on Thursday, June 6, at the OTC Springfield campus, will allow students to “seamlessly transfer from OTC into SBU’s bachelor degree programs,” according to an OTC news release.

“Southwest Missouri is fortunate to have an abundance of higher education opportunities for students,” Hal Higdon, OTC chancellor, said in the release. “Many of our students have transferred to SBU in the past to pursue bachelor’s degrees. By formalizing the relationship, we are making it a smooth transition for our students, and they can be confident that their credits will transfer.”

The release said SBU “is consistently one of the top transfer destinations for OTC students.”

New SBU President Eric Turner said he understands the importance of making it easy for community college students to transfer into his institution.

“We know that, nationally, a little more than a third of all undergraduates are enrolled at community colleges, and, locally, OTC is home to thousands of students,” Turner said in the release. “We hope that many of them become Bearcats, and we’re going to make sure it an easy transition for them.”

This agreement will impact students pursuing an Associate of Arts at OTC. The A.A. is often referred to as a “transfer degree” because it is designed for students who plan to pursue education beyond the associate degree level, the release said.  OTC offers Associate of Arts programs in seven subjects, including behavioral science, business, criminal justice, English, general education, social work and teaching. 

OTC currently has articulation agreements with more than 30 four-year colleges and universities, the release added.

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