LYNCHBURG, Va. (Aug. 21, 2019) -- Today, Averett University President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks and Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) President Dr. John Capps signed an articulation agreement and a community educational partnership agreement between the two schools in order to make the 
transfer process to Averett smooth for graduates of CVCC. This is the eighth criminal justice articulation agreement that Averett has created with its surrounding community colleges, the majority in 
the last year.  

The agreement is designed to serve as a pathway to increase criminal justice educational access, as well as options and opportunities for current and aspiring criminal justice practitioners. The articulation agreement focuses on traditional students studying sociology and criminal justice, allowing for students who have completed CVCC’s Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in administration of justice to transfer to Averett University and continue their education to earn a Bachelor of Science in sociology/criminal justice. The students will enter Averett with a junior status and can expect to graduate after completing a minimum of 60 credits at Averett.   

The community educational partnership agreement, geared toward adult students entering Averett’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) program, guarantees acceptance of any CVCC student to Averett who has completed an associate degree. All the students are required to have a cumulative
GPA of 2.0 or higher. 

“Averett is seeing an impact as we create new partnerships with neighboring community colleges and 
I know this partnership with CVCC will continue this momentum.  Both institutions are committed to serving the needs of our surrounding industries,” said Franks. “Averett hears from our criminal justice advisory boards about the need in the sociology/criminal justice field and this opportunity will provide students with a smooth transition and pathway for educational and career advancement.” 

CVCC Associate Professor and Public Safety Programs department leader Jason Ferguson added, "We are excited to offer our Administration of Justice students the opportunity to continue their education at a reputable four-year institution such as Averett University.  This articulation agreement will provide our students with another post-graduation option to attain their educational goals." 

Both the community educational partnership agreement and the articulation agreement allow for a seamless evolution for students to move onto a four-year university, including many scholarship and financial aid options. Members of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, are automatically awarded a $2,000 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship once they are admitted to Averett University.