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A new agreement made Jan. 9 will make it easier for Louisiana students to transfer from community colleges to any of the University of Louisiana System's eight universities.

What exactly does this mean for Tech and its students?

"I think it's really good for us," Amy Stegall, director of transfer admissions, said.

"It gives us students that we may not have seen otherwise."

Because of the agreement, which was made by the presidents of the ULS and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, students with certain associate degrees from community colleges can now enter as a third-year student at any of the eight universities.

The universities in the ULS are Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University, McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

"It gives students the opportunity to go to a junior college and then transfer to Tech," Stegall said.

"We can now recruit there, and it gets more students that way. If someone didn't meet the requirements to get in or they just wanted to get 24 [credit] hours from a community college, this is good for them."

According to a recent press release, ULS President Dr. Sally Clausen said, "This [agreement] is part of our effort to think from the point of view of students. We have to do everything in our power to increase students' access to success, and that means helping them to achieve a four-year degree."

Clausen said that by working closely with the seven community colleges and two technical community colleges, it is possible to increase the numbers of Louisiana residents who graduate from universities, therefore making a positive difference in the quality of life in the state.

Stegall said that about six years ago, Louisiana started a big push for the junior college system in metropolitan areas.

"There's a huge population that you're reaching out to," Stegall said, speaking of the many community colleges.

Stegall said Tech's biggest community college transfer group comes from Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City.

Through her student recruitment involvement, Trenae Jones, a sophomore speech communications major, has met with transfer students and is excited that the transition will be easier for them.

"As a student recruiter, I tour a lot of transfer students who are looking for every smooth transition possible," Jones said. "This easy transfer program just helps students adjust without all the unneeded stress."

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