BSC announces agreements with two-year colleges to smooth transition for transfers


During October 2017, Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) announced it has signed an agreement with both Bevill State Community College and Jefferson State that will allow students of the schools to earn their bachelor’s degrees at BSC starting this academic year.

The announcements explain that the institutions have signed an articulation agreement ensuring that students who have earned associate’s degrees at Bevill State or Jefferson State can seamlessly continue their education at BSC. The contract establishes that those who have earned an associate’s degree in arts and sciences will have fulfilled Birmingham-Southern’s general education requirements with the exception of a class in writing reinforcement and a capstone course.

BSC President Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith says that these agreements “will make the transfer process more efficient and effective so that students can complete their bachelor’s degrees in the personalized, transformative environment we offer.”

Statistics show that as many as half of all college students complete at least some of their academic work at two-year colleges. Articulation agreements outline the course requirements for degree work and how credits will transfer.

In the past six months, BSC has completed similar agreements with four Alabama two-year colleges, including Bevill State Community College, Jefferson State Community College, Lawson State Community College, and Wallace State Community College.

Those agreements, plus the college’s September announcement that it would reset tuition and mandatory fees to $17,650, should make BSC more accessible to a diverse group of students.

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,300 students from more than 30 states and eight foreign countries. Learn more online at

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