College Transfer Pathway
Cooperative Innovative High School Programs (Early College)
About the College Transfer Pathway
College transfer pathways allow students to earn course credits toward the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees. This pathway requires the completion of at least thirty semester hours of transfer courses, including English and mathematics and ACA 122 College Transfer Success. Credits earned will transfer seamlessly to any North Carolina public or participating private college or university, saving successful students time and money in pursuing four-year degrees.
To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet the following criteria:
- Be a high school junior or senior;
- Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses; and
- Demonstrate college readiness on an assessment or placement test. A student must demonstrate college readiness in English, reading and mathematics to be eligible for enrollment.
A high school junior or senior who does not demonstrate college-readiness on an approved assessment or placement test may be provisionally enrolled in a College Transfer Pathway. To qualify for Provisional Status, a student must meet the following criteria:
- Have a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.5;
- Have completed two years of high school English with a grade of ‘C’ or higher;
- Have completed high school Algebra II (or higher level math class) with a grade of ‘C’ or higher;
- Obtain the written approval of the high school principal or his/her designee; and,
- Obtain the written approval of the community college president or his/her designee.
A Provisional Status student may register only for college mathematics (MAT) and college English (ENG) courses within the chosen pathway. To be eligible to register for other courses in the pathway, the student must first successfully complete mathematics and English courses with a grade of ‘C’ or higher.
College Readiness Assessments
Eligibility may be demonstrated by achieving the required scores on a single test or by combining test scores from any of the approved assessments. For example, a student may combine a 19 on PLAN mathematics with an 86 on writing and an 80 on ACCUPLACER sentence skills and reading to demonstrate college readiness.
(2014 and earlier)
(2015 and after)
(March 2016 and earlier)
|Evidence-Based Reading & Writing||Math|
(March 2016 and after)
|NC DAP*||Composite score of 151 or higher||Score of 7 on each of the six modules|
*If students do not make the necessary scores on any part of the NC DAP on the first attempt, they have the option to retest two more times on any part.
Students must complete the Career and College Promise application to be admitted into the College Transfer Pathway.
- Career and College Promise- Application
- Career and College Promise-College Transfer Agreement Registration
The high school will document eligibility criteria (high school GPA and PLAN or other assessment scores) on the student’s application for admission. A Home schooled or non-public high school student must submit a transcript and official test scores from an approved assessment test.
Home schooled students must submit a copy of the state’s certification certificate for the home school, official transcript and official test scores from an approved assessment test.
- To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must
- Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses.
- A student who falls below a 2.0 GPA after completing two college courses will be subject to the college’s policy for satisfactory academic progress.
- A student must enroll in one College Transfer Pathway program of study and may not substitute courses in one program for courses in another.
- A student may change his or her program of study major with approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college’s chief student development administrator.
- With approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college’s chief student development administrator, a student who completes College Transfer Pathway, while still enrolled in high school, may continue to earn college transfer credits leading to the completion of the Associates in Arts or Associate in Science.
- With approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college’s chief student development administrator, a student may enroll in both a College Transfer Pathway program of study and a Career Technical Education program of study.
Programs of Study
Students must enroll in one of the following programs of study: