South Louisiana Community College and Northwestern State University signed an agreement to benefit criminal justice students who complete their associate degree and want to continue on a journey to a bachelor’s degree.
SLCC Chancellor Dr. Natalie Harder and NSU’s Acting President Dr. Chris Maggio signed a 2+2 articulation agreement Wednesday. This plan is designed for students to complete two years at SLCC followed by two years at NSU.
“Articulation agreements like this one are a win for both schools, our students, and our state. SLCC and Northwestern are preparing students to be work-ready
upon graduation. This benefits our local and statewide law enforcement and corrections industries and our economy,” said Dr. Natalie Harder, SLCC Chancellor.
Agreements such as this one saves students time and money as they transfer credit hours from the two-year community college to the four-year university.
“The memorandum of understanding provides that SLCC students who complete a prescribed curriculum in criminal justice courses can file an intent to transfer to Northwestern State to complete their bachelor’s degree,” said NSU Acting President Dr. Chris Maggio.
“This allows students to transfer their quality two-year degree to a quality four-year program,” Joe Morris, head of NSU’s Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Science. “This seamless transfer of credits between institutions maximizes the students’ efforts in their course of studies and allow them to complete their degree in an efficient manner.
“Both institutions serve the needs of their constituency and are responsive, student-oriented organizations that prepare their students to become productive members of society as well as promote the academic and improvement in the quality of life of citizens in their region,” he continued.
Northwestern State also offers a partial tuition exemption for students employed full-time as public safety officials enrolled as criminal justice majors.
SLCC’s Criminal Justice program provides students with a foundation of the American criminal justice and corrections systems. The program is expanding with day and evening course offerings and for the first time, Criminal Justice courses will be offered at SLCC’s St. Martinville campus in addition to the Lafayette campus this Fall.
“Offering courses in communities across Acadiana is a response to the need of our local law enforcement agencies,” said Paige McGee, head of
SLCC’s Criminal Justice Department. She noted several agencies were interested in the program for their officers.
“It makes sense to partner with these agencies to prepare the local workforce and it makes sense to partner with four-year universities like NSU so that our students have a smooth transition to a bachelor’s degree,” said McGee.
ABOUT ACADIANA’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
South Louisiana Community College is a comprehensive community college that operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, and Ville Platte. The college serves more than 13,000 students annually and offers an array of academic programs. Students earn associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and industry-based certifications. It is ranked 14th among the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers as determined by Community College Week.
ABOUT NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
Northwestern State University is a responsive, student-oriented institution that is committed to the creation, dissemination, and acquisition of knowledge through teaching, research, and service. The university is located on the oldest continually occupied site for higher education in Louisiana. Northwestern State has an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students with campuses in Natchitoches, Shreveport, Leesville/Fort Polk and Alexandria along with an extensive distance learning network that stretches around the world. The university’s online programs have been recognized as being among the best values in the U.S.
Pictured - Top from left: Joe Morris, Department Head for NSU Criminal Justice, History, and Social Sciences; Shirley Snyder, Coordinator for NSU Criminal Justice Program; Paige McGee, Coordinator for SLCC Criminal Justice Program; Dr. John Wright, SLCC Dean of Liberal Arts and Humanities; Delana Prudomme, SLCC Chair of Social Sciecnes; and Dr. Willie Smith, Vice President of Academics and Workforce Solutions. Seated from left: Dr. Chris Maggio, NSU Acting President; and Dr. Natalie Harder, SLCC Chancellor.