Historically Black Alabama State University in Montgomery and Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Alabama, have entered into a partnership where Southern Union students who plan to transfer to Alabama State University to complete a bachelor’s degree program will have the opportunity to take courses at both institutions.
Southern Union State Community College enrolls more than 4,600 students, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 21 percent of the student body.
The new program will be called ‘Hornets on the Horizon,’ which will enhance students’ opportunities to transition from Southern Union to obtain a bachelor’s degree at Alabama State. This concurrent enrollment partnership will provide Southern Union students the opportunity to take courses in biomedical engineering, rehabilitation services, and forensic biology at Alabama State.
This is starting out as a pilot program to determine if the university will provide additional programs. The pilot program is limited to 10 students for each program during the 2021-2022 academic year, and the program will only be available to Alabama residents.
“Alabama State University is excited about this opportunity to partner with Southern Union State Community College through the signing of a memorandum of understanding,” said Quinton T. Ross Jr, president of Alabama State University. “This agreement serves as a bridge that allows students’ a seamless transition from Southern Union and a way to transition smoothly to completing a bachelor’s degree at ASU. The signing is another example of both educational institutions’ focus on student success.”