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									                            GUARANTEED ADMISSION AGREEMENT

                          VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM
                                          and
                                   RADFORD UNIVERSITY

     RadfordUniversity (RU) andthe Virginia CommunityCollege System(VCCS)recognize         the
     needto facilitate the transferof studentsfrom Virginia's communitycollegesto RU as they
     pursuetheir educational                                        to
                              goals. RU providesspecialopportunities help VCCS students
               a
     experience smoothtransitionto RU.

                         the              and
     In an effort to ease transferprocess to promotethe closercoordinationof academic
     courses, programsand degrees offered by our institutions,the VCCS and RU do herebyenterinto
     the following GuaranteedAdmissionAgreement     (GAA).

     DEFINITIONS

                      associate
     "Transfer-oriented       degrees"                         of              of
                                        refersto VCCS Associate Arts, Associate Science,
                   of
     andAssociate Arts and Sciences   degrees.This includesVCCS GeneralStudiesassociate
             that
     degrees have beenapprovedby the StateCouncil of Higher Educationfor Virginia (SCHEV)
                      accordingto the StateCommitteeon Transfer(seewebsite at
     as transferdegrees
     http://www.schev.edU/Students/SCThome.asp).

     "GAA student" refers to a student who graduatesfrom a transfer-oriented degree program at a
     Virginia community college with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of2.800 or higher on
     a four-point scale, who has earned a grade of "c" or higher in each course applicable to the
     transfer-oriented associatedegree, and who intends to transfer to RU.

     "GAA Contact" refers to staff members designated by eachVirginia community college and by
     RU who work with prospective GAA students.

     ACADEMIC ADMISSION AGREEMENT

     GAA studentswill be guaranteed admission to RU and may expect the following:
       1. All of the courses that are accepted by RU will be applied to the attainment of the
          baccalaureatedegree, and no distinction will be made by RU regarding college courses
          applicable to the transfer-oriented associatedegreesthat are taken through dual
           enrollment arrangements with high schools.

           RU guaranteesthe acceptanceof all transferable credits earned from the associatedegree
           program from the Virginia Community College Systemand will acceptthe student with
           junior standing However, RU cannot guaranteethat the student will be able to complete
           all requirements for graduation within the 120-credit minimum required for graduation at
           RU. Upon request, the student's Academic Advising Center will inform him/her if there




2.
                              that
      are anycourserequirements would requirecredithoursbeyondthe 120 minimum
      neededfor graduation.

   3. Acceptance in some colleges and departments at RU is competitive; acceptanceinto RU
      does not imply admission to these programs without further acceptanceby the college or
      department offering the program. Studentsparticipating in this admission agreement
      should follow all special college and/or departmental application procedure and
      deadlines, as well as grade point requirements listed in the RU catalog for native RU
      students. GAA students and native RU studentswill be treated identically with regard to
      admission to competitive programs.

   4. Completion of the transfer-oriented degreeprogram will satisfy all general education
       requirements at RU. In addition to general education requirements, GAA students will
       need to complete upper-level and all other University, college, and departmental
       requirements in order to obtain the baccalaureatedegree from RU.

STUDENT SERVICES:

GAA students enrolling from any VCCS college to RU will be treated on an equal basis with
native students with regard to award and distribution of financial aid and other scholarships,
campus housing, selection of courses,and other studentservices. Continuing transfer students
will also be treated identically to continuing native RU students in the competition for merit
scholarships funded through the Radford University Foundation, Inc.

                                                    to
In addition,RU will permit interestedGAA students be admittedto RU's cultural, athletic,
and entertainment                                              (Students
                 activities at a costequalto native RU students.        must contactthe
                               of
AdmissionsOffice in advance the eventsto makearrangements.)

ELIGIBILITY:

To be guaranteedadmission to RU, students must complete the requirements to become GAA
students (graduation from a transfer-oriented degreeprogram at a Virginia community college
with at least a 2.800 cumulative grade point average on a four-point scale with intent to transfer
to RU) and submit an official transcript showing completion of the associatedegreeto the RU
Admissions Office. In addition, GAA students must have earneda grade of "c" or higher in
each community college course applicable to the transfer-oriented associatedegree program.

NOTE: students not meeting these eligibility requirements maytransfer under guidelines
described in the RU/VCCS "Transfer Guide, " but will not be guaranteed admission under this

agreement.

Studentswho were previously enrolled at RU, were academically suspended,and transferred to a
VCCS college to complete the transfer-oriented associatedegree must receive approval from RU
to participate in the GAA.




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     BENEFITS OF THE GAA FOR VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS:
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             GAA students  may selecta catalogfor degree           on
                                                        requirements the samebasisasnative
             students.This meansthat students           the
                                              may select catalogin effect at the time of
             matriculationat RU underthe GAA and maycontinuewith this catalogfor up to five
             academic years.

        2. Through the community college GAA Contact, students can obtain the name and contact
             infonnation for the RU GAA Contact, who can direct the student to RU departmental or
             college advisors for advice and infonnation on meeting requirements for various RU
             majors.

     RESPONSIBILITIES:

     VCCS collegeswill:

        1. Assist prospective GAA students in declaring intent to transfer to RU under the GAA.

                         regardingcourses
        2. Advise students                   to                            associate
                                        needed completethe transfer-oriented
           degree.

                                                    amongprospective
        3. Collaboratewith RU to promotethe agreement               and currentVCCS
           students.

     RU will:

        1,   Reviewreadmission              of
                               applications students             suspended
                                                      academically       from RU. With the
                   of                                 VCCS GAA Contactregardingthe student's
             consent the student,notify the appropriate
                       status.
             readmission

                                                              of
        2. Providetracking data annuallyon the perfomlance GAA studentsat Radford
           University,to includecomparisons    with native students.The specificdataelements   and
                                                                                 staffs at the
           the timing of the reportwill be detemlinedby the institutional research
           VCCSandRU.

     GAA students will:

                                                         and                        for
             Assumeprimary responsibilityfor understanding following the requirements the
                                  associate
             VCCS transfer-oriented               as
                                            degree, well asdegree             and
                                                                  requirements the specific
                        for
             requirements their intendedmajor at RU, asstatedin the RU UndergraduateCatalog.

        2. Notify the GAA Contactat his/hercommunitycollegeof his intentto transferto RU
           underthe GAA.




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                      3. Follow all RU applicationfor admission            and
                                                                processes timelines. (Ability to startat RU
                         in the Spring Term is subjectto spaceavailability.)

                                                                   for
                      4. Meet minimum gradecriteria andprerequisites coursesin specificprogramsat RU.

                      5.         the GAA contactat the communitycollegeif participationin the GAA is to be
                           tenninated.

                 REVIEW OF THE AGREEMENT:

                           The VCCS will designate officials who will be responsible for all aspectsof the GAA at
                           the VCCS. RU will designate individuals responsible for all aspectsof the GAA at RU.
                           Representing RU will be the Vice Provost for Academic Programs. Representing the
                           VCCS will be the VCCS Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Researchand the
                           VCCS Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Programs and Instructional Technology,
                           in consultation with the Articulation Subcommittee of the Academic and Student Affairs
                           Council.

                      2. Both parties are to communicate the conditions of this agreementto their respective
                         clientele (external and internal constituents). RU and the VCCS will review this
                         agreementevery three years and make adjustments or amendmentsas deemed appropriate
                         to maintain the integrity of all institutions as well as for the improvement of the transfer
                         process and student articulation. Such changeswill not adversely affect students already
                         enrolled and covered under the provisions of the existing GAA.

                           The agreementwill remain in effect until terminated by either party upon written notice.
                           Such notice should be given at least one year in advanceof the effective date of
                           termination, and students who entered under the agreementmay take advantageof its
                           terms for two years after termination becomeseffective.
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