NY’s LaGuardia Community College Transfers Streamlined

TAMPA, Fla. (March 16, 2009) – The University of South Florida and LaGuardia Community College signed an agreement between the two institutions that provides students a seamless transition from the New York community college to USF upon completion of an associate’s degree at LaGuardia.


The articulation agreement was signed March 10 by the chief academic officers of both institutions: Ralph Wilcox, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at USF; and Peter Katopes, vice president for academic affairs at LaGuardia.


The articulation agreement stipulates that USF will accept students with LaGuardia associate in arts (AA), associate in science (AS), and associate in applied science (AAS) degrees who also meet general admission requirements for USF into selected baccalaureate degree programs at the university.  USF will accept a minimum of 60 credit hours from LaGuardia AA, AS, and AAS degrees toward the lower division, general education requirements for a USF bachelor’s degree.


“Without articulation agreements between institutions, students often face many obstacles when trying to transfer credits from one college to another to complete an undergraduate degree.  Unfortunately, this deters students from completing their degree in a timely manner,” said Wilcox.  “USF looks forward to helping LaGuardia Community College students take the next step in their pursuit for a baccalaureate degree.  Both institutions value diversity and are committed to their missions of preparing students to become leaders in the global community.”


USF is proud to have earned the distinction by U.S. News & World Report as the top campus location in the country for students transferring from another college.  For the 2008-09 academic year, USF enrolled 8,288 transfer students and 4,519 freshmen. Of the transfer students, 4,831 transferred from a Florida community college and 3,457 transferred from another college or university.


Florida is nationally recognized for its strong articulation agreements between the state’s 11 universities and 28 community colleges, known as Florida’s 2+2 System, which provides students with the opportunity to complete a two-year associate’s degree at a community college and transfer to a state university to complete an additional two years for a baccalaureate degree.  The articulation agreement between USF and LaGuardia will function in a manner very similar to the Florida 2+2 System agreement.


About LaGuardia Community College

Located in Long Island City, Queens in New York City, LaGuardia Community College, part of the City University of New York, is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges. Founded in 1971, LaGuardia Community College has been recognized as an innovator in educating students who are under prepared for college work and/or are not primary English speakers. A catalyst for development in western Queens and beyond, LaGuardia serves New Yorkers and immigrants from 160 countries through 50 majors and certificate programs, enabling career advancement and transfer to four-year colleges at twice the national average.


About the University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs