Lyon, UACCB sign transfer deals

Officials from Lyon College and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville on Tuesday signed five new articulation agreements to facilitate the seamless transfer and degree completion for UACCB students planning to pursue bachelor’s degrees at Lyon College.
These agreements, sometimes called 2+2 plans, lay out a specific pathway between the two institutions so that students can easily transfer from UACCB to Lyon College and know exactly what they need to complete a specific degree program. The new agreements link associate degrees from UACCB to biology, business and psychology degrees at Lyon College.
A partnership between the two institutions has existed since UACCB and Lyon College created the College Opportunity Program so that students in the Independence County/Batesville area have an opportunity to receive a quality baccalaureate education at an affordable price without leaving home.
The new agreements facilitate transfer from the UACCB’s Associate of Science in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to Lyon College’s Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Biology.
Agreements also facilitate transfer from UACCB’s Associate of Science in Business to Lyon College’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Economics. An agreement also assists students in transferring from UACCB’s Associate of Arts in General Education to Lyon College’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
“It is rare that a community of our size is home to two institutions of higher education. What makes this even more rare – and special – is the degree to which the two institutions work together for the betterment of the community,” said Dr. Brian K. Shonk, UACCB chancellor. “Both institutions realize the importance of providing educational opportunities locally to ease the financial and other burdens normally associated with ‘going away’ to college. And, we realize providing opportunities locally will lead to more students staying and working in our area after graduation.”
“We are excited to be able to continue expanding our pathways that enable students to seamlessly transfer from UACCB to Lyon College to complete their educational journey,” said Dr. Melissa P. Taverner, Lyon College president. “We look forward to developing additional agreements with UACCB in the future.”
UACCB students interested in transferring to Lyon College should contact their UACCB academic advisor or Samantha Long, Lyon College transfer admissions counselor, at (870) 307-7402 or [email protected].

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