Pensacola State College has become part of the University of South Alabama’s “Pathway USA.”
The articulation agreement was signed Friday, Oct. 19, at Pensacola State by President Ed Meadows and USA President Tony Waldrop. The collaborative program between the university and community and state colleges creates a seamless transition to USA for transfer students who earn their associate’s degree.
Pensacola State is the first Florida College System institution to join the program. The academic partnership enables more PSC graduates to transfer to USA and earn their bachelor’s degrees.
“The University of South Alabama has historically enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with Pensacola State College, and Pathway USA is a natural outgrowth of our relationship,” Waldrop said. “Both institutions are strongly committed to helping students achieve their degrees in a timely manner and with a minimum of expense. Today’s agreement is an important step in enhancing those goals.”
South currently enjoys similar partnerships with Coastal Alabama Community College, Bishop State Community College and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
“Pathway USA’s agreement with Pensacola State College takes effect immediately and is geared toward students who are not admitted at USA as well as students who may simply prefer to begin their college education at PSC,” Meadows said.
Students may choose to have a copy of their USA application and supporting documents forwarded to PSC for admission consideration. Students already attending PSC also can apply for Pathway USA. A unique application will be created and available for PSC students to complete and submit.
PSC students who enter the Pathway USA program will have unique benefits, such as:
- Guaranteed admission to USA upon successful completion (cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher) of the associate’s degree
- A USA academic advisor assigned to them who will provide individual guidance on course selection and map out degree plans
- Special discounts through USA’s Jaguar Productions
- Complimentary admission to South Alabama home athletic events.