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Press Release

Benedict College and Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey
Sign Articulation Agreement

January 10, 2008

(Columbia, SC)- Benedict College recently announced an educational partnership that will allow students attending Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in New Jersey to transfer to Benedict, through a streamlined process. Students who successfully complete two years at the community college will be allowed to enroll for another two years at Benedict College  to become eligible for a bachelor's degree.

While RVCC has similar transfer agreements with other four-year institutions, the agreement with Benedict College represents a milestone.  According to Donna Stolzer, Director of Media Relations for Raritan Valley Community College, "It is RVCC's first transfer agreement with a historically black college or university."

"We welcome our new partnership with Benedict College. It opens up an exciting opportunity for our students to continue their higher education and complete a bachelor's degree at one of the nation's premier Historically Black Colleges," said RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

 The official announcement was made during RVCC's 10th annual Malcolm Bernard Historically Black College and Universities College Fair in New Jersey.  "The transfer agreement has been in the works for a year, said Wylondria Jefferson, coordinator of Recruitment, Tours and Telemarketing for Benedict College and the key person responsible for taking the lead on creating the agreement.  

Anthony Brown, a member of the Benedict College recruiting team has been attending the fair with Ms. Jefferson. The College Fair  brings together schools from New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia, PA. "Throughout the week, Ms. Jefferson and I received 250 applications," noted Brown. "These agreements will help increase our transfer numbers as well as help with our enrollment for both our fall and spring 2008 enrollment."

"My overall goal was to form a bond with various colleges and write an Articulation Agreement that would be a win-win for both schools and work to everyone's advantage," stated Jefferson. "Our goal is to return with even more students that the 50% increase from last year and we have returned with 102 applications with transcripts, and 241 inquiry cards" The agreement has opened the door for more Technical and Community Colleges in the New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia areas to partner with Benedict College.

Benedict College is a private liberal arts institution with an undergraduate population of over 2,600 students. The College is ranked the fourth largest Historically Black College nationally within the UNCF consortium of schools.  Benedict College is also ranked 2nd in the nation for producing African-American Physics majors with undergraduate degrees and 13th in the nation in granting undergraduate degrees in Physical Science. According to recent data, one of out of three Benedict students has enrolled in a graduate school in the last decade.

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Contacts:
Kymm Hunter, Communications and Marketing Director; 803.705.4519 hunterk@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 wigfall@benedict.edu

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