Nicholls partners with SLCC to expand student access to higher education

Dr. John Doucet, Nicholls dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Jay Clune, Nicholls president; and Dr. Natalie Harder, South Louisiana Community College chancellor sign memorandums of understanding that will increase student access to higher education. (Jacob Batte/Nicholls State University).

MORGAN CITY, La. — Nicholls State University and South Louisiana Community College cemented a partnership on Monday that will expand student access to higher education for hundreds of graduates.

In total, the two institutions signed four memorandums of understanding covering nursing, criminal justice, business administration and biology. Nicholls President Dr. Jay Clune and SLCC Chancellor Dr. Natalie Harder signed the agreements during a ceremony in front of dozens of education representatives and elected officials at the SLCC Young Memorial Campus in Morgan City.

“It’s a wonderful day for our students when two institutions like ours can come together,” said Dr. Clune. “I am truly excited about this partnership. We admire the work that is being done at South Louisiana Community College, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help their students pursue their dreams.”

The agreements take effect immediately and set in stone the classes that will transfer over to Nicholls, making it easier for graduates with an associates degree from the aforementioned programs from SLCC to transfer to Nicholls.

“This is a historic day in education, and it’s all for students. We’ve signed transfer articulation agreements with other institutions, but never this many simultaneously,” said Dr. Harder. “We’re thankful to work so closely with Nicholls’ leadership and faculty on each of these. We also are excited to continue to fulfill our commitment to the residents of Morgan City and St. Mary Parish by offering these additional educational opportunities.”

University of Louisiana System President Dr. Jim Henderson lauded the two institutions for coming together in a way that benefits the students.

“These agreements are about students and increasing the number of pathways available to them after graduation,” said Dr. Henderson. “Today’s partnership is about putting students first, and we are all going to be better for that.”


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