By Siobhan Candelaria
Pima Community College and Northern Arizona University were expected to announce a new bachelor degree partnership during a press conference on Feb. 27.
The new program will give PCC students an opportunity to transfer up to 90 college credits to NAU toward specific bachelor degree programs.
The 90/30 program allows students to earn 90 credits at PCC and 30 at NAU. For a student taking 15 credits per semester, that means three years at the community college and one year at the university.
NAU is offering four bachelor degrees under the 90/30 partnership:
• A bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on public management.
• A bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on humanities.
The degrees with an emphasis on public management use online classes, while the degrees with an emphasis on humanities use traditional classroom settings.
The NAU program will be Arizona’s first in-state 90/30 program.
PCC was the first community college in Arizona to offer a 90/30 bachelor’s degree alternative to its students. Its first 90/30 partnerships began with Indiana University offering a bachelor’s degree in general studies in September 2006.
PCC spokesman David Irwin said he did not know if similar agreements would be signed with the University of Arizona or Arizona State University.
“The key is that the universities are in control,” Irwin said. “They are the ones accepting our credits. We would love to have programs like this with UA and ASU as well.”