Dr. James A. Anderson, Chancellor of Fayetteville State University (FSU), and Dr. Randy Parker, President of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), signed an agreement today that allows GTCC graduates to complete an online bachelor's degree at FSU at a total cost of no more than $10,000 in out-of-pocket expenses.

Dr. James A. Anderson, Chancellor of Fayetteville State University (FSU), and Dr. Randy Parker, President of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), signed an agreement that allows GTCC graduates to complete an online bachelor's degree at FSU at a total cost of no more than $10,000 in out-of-pocket expenses.

The $10K Pathway Plan opens the door to affordable bachelor's degrees to GTCC graduates in these online programs: Criminal Justice, Fire and Emergency Services Administration, Business Administration (General), Psychology and Sociology. While these degree programs are fully online, FSU will provide regular face-to-face contact with program participants when needed.

FSU and GTCC are members of the Bill and Melinda Gates Frontier Set, a group of 29 colleges and two state systems committed to significantly increasing student access and success and eliminating racial/ethnic socioeconomic disparities in college attainment.  The $10K Degree Pathway will contribute to this important national initiative.

"Fayetteville State University is excited to partner with Guilford Technical Community College to offer one of the nation's most affordable pathways to a bachelor's degree," said FSU Chancellor James Anderson. "Both Fayetteville State University and Guilford Technical Community College are looking forward to putting higher education within reach of every North Carolinian, and Fayetteville State University is looking forward to working with Guilford Technical Community College to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and North Carolina."

"We are committed to our students' success and actively seek innovative learning opportunities to help them achieve their educational goals," said Guilford Technical Community College President Dr. Randy Parker. "The $10K Pathway Plan provides GTCC students with another resource to further their education."

FSU has already signed agreements with Fayetteville Technical Community College, Richmond Community College, and Davidson County Community College. Other agreements will be signed with Isothermal Community College and Vance-Granville Community College.

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Originally posted Sept. 11, 2018.

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