By Justine Walsh
Plymouth State University has added a new policy in the Admissions Department for community college graduates. Back in October, Matthew Wallace, the Director of the Admissions Department at PSU, pitched the idea to the Academic Affairs Board to help better opportunities for students looking to come to PSU after graduating from a community college.
Although PSU does already work with students who have graduated from community colleges, Wallace felt as if could be doing more for these students, especially because they are students who have proven their ability to do the work they needed to do in order to earn a degree. “Our new policy is that any student who has earned an associate degree in the last three years will be guaranteed admissions to Plymouth State. This will bring awareness to Plymouth State and provide associate degree earners a clear pathway toward their bachelor’s degree at PSU,” Wallace said.
“Part of Plymouth State’s commitment as a public university is to increase access to higher education for those who want it. ”Matthew Wallace
When Wallace first introduced this idea to the Academic Affairs Board, they were completely behind it. It was eventually brought to the full faculty for a vote in December, and it passed unanimously.
According to an article posted on the school website, PSU is the only university in New Hampshire to guarantee admission to students who have graduated from community college, whether or not there is an articulation agreement between that institution and PSU. Another predicament mentioned in this article is that although the students are guaranteed admission into the university itself, they are not guaranteed admission into certain programs the university provides.
“Part of Plymouth State’s commitment as a public university is to increase access to higher education for those who want it. It is my belief that we honor that commitment by creating transparent and easy pathways for students join us at PSU,” Wallace said.
The students that qualify for this new policy will still have to fill out the Common Application, as well as the Panther Application, and the New Hampshire Transfer Application prior to their acceptance into the university.