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BCC Working To
Justify Addition Of Two
Associate Degree Proa rams
BY SUSAN USHER
Brunswick Community College wants to up
grade the degree programs it offers to students,
adding both the associate of arts and associate of
BCC now offers an associate degree in gener
al education (AGE) but sees a need to offer
stronger degrees that are more widely accepted by
other colleges and universities. It hopess to ac
complish that by expanding an existing contactual
arrangement with UNC Wilmington.
Staff is already studying the feasibility of
adding an associate of arts (AA) degree, and re
ceived trustees' approval last week to expand that
study to look at adding the associate of science
(AS) degree. Through a lengthy documentation
process, BCC must justify the need for the addi
tions to the N.C. Department of Community
Colleges and its governing board and win their
approval of the changes.
"If we can add these degrees, it would enable
us to serve our students better, to provide them
with better credentials for the workplace and in
transferring to other schools," said BCC President
W. Michael Reaves.
Johnnie Simpson, vice president for instruc
tion, said BCC has recognized a need for an AA
degree for several years. It is just now realizing
the need for an AS degree, as the college devel
ops more "2 + 2" agreements that help students
completing two-year technical programs at BCC
transfer to four-year schools to continue their edu
BCC and N.C. State University, for example,
are exploring possible transitions from BCC's
aquaculture and recreational grounds manage
ment programs to four-year programs at NCSU.
Carolina Power & Light Co. is discussing training
for its employees with BCC that also would have
a heavy math/science orientation, with ability to
transfer credits to a four-year program desirable.
The youngest of the state's community col
leges, BCC is also one of only 10 of the 58 cam
puses that does not offer a college transfer pro
gram. All of those 10 do offer a general education
degree (AGE) in a contractual arrangement with a
university. One campus, Central Carolina, offers
the AGE and the more widely accepted AS and
AA degrees in cooperation with Campbell Uni
That is similar to what BCC hopes to offer, in
concert with UNCW, Simpson said.
"For a stand-alone program, you have to have
a large faculty. We'd have to add eight or 10 fac
ulty members. 1 honestly think the contract pro
gram is wonderful for us."
Along with ease of student transfer, the pro
gram offers stronger personal contacts among fac
ulty and staff of the two schools and staff devel
opment for community college faculty members.
General education (AGE) is the the local col
lege's fastest-growing curriculum program. En
rollment has more than doubled since the pro
gram began in 1988, accounting this fall for 34
percent (273) of the 804 students enrolled.
Under the contract with UNCW students pay
BCC tuition and take classes at BCC. They are
taught by faculty meeting UNCW standards, and
use the same textbooks and course outlines em
ployed at UNCW.
Students completing the program at one time
received two transcripts, from BCC and UNCW,
to make it easier to transfer to other schools.
However, to satisfy concerns raised by the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,
that system has been changed. Students now re
ceive a transcript from BCC, supported by a letter
from UNCW Chancellor James R. Leutze attest
ing that their work at BCC has met the universi
Requirements for an associate of arts degree
are much more specific than 'he AGE as to cours
es students take as electives and include a foreign
An AS degree requires "many, many more
science courses," said Simpson, allowing students
to complete more biology, chemistry and physics
courses at the two-year school before transferring.
"I really think the science will strengthen our cur
riculum and our transfer capabilities."
Six Injured In Accident Sunday Outside Calabash
Six people were injured Sunday
afternoon in a two-car accident just
cast of Calabash on N.C. 179.
James Floyd, 17. of Ocean Isle
Beach, was charged with failure to
yield in the 1:30 p.m. wreck
Trooper R E. King said Floyd was
traveling east on N.C. 179 in an
1986 GMC truck when he attempted
to make a left turn into a private dri
veway in the path of an oncoming
vehicle, a 1991 Oldsmobile operated
by Lyle Mouse, 37, of Albemarle
The injured included Floyd and
two of his three passengers. Sarah
Gridauskas, 16. and Steven Webb.
17, also of Ocean Isle Bcach While
Mouse was not hurt, his passengers.
Ri>bin Mouse. 33. ot Albemarle, and
Andy Harris. 36. and Sharon Harris.
33, both of Kannapolis, were in
Damage to Floyd's truck was esti
mated at $3,500, and damage to the
Mouse Oldsmobile. S5.000
In an earlier accident at 2:10 a.m.
Sunday, (Catherine Roush, 33, of
Wilmington was charged with dri
ving while impaired and careless
and reckless driving following a
two-car accident S.2 miles south of
Leland on U.S. 17
Trooper H R. Smith, who investi
gated the accident, reported Roush
was driving north on U.S. 17 in a
1989 Nissan when her vehiclc struck
the driver's side door of a 1980
Dodge being pushed by its driver
north on U.S. 17.
Both Roush and her passenger,
Doug Dudley, 34, of Bolivia, were
transported to New Hanover Reg
ional Medical Center with corr.
plaints of injury.
Larry Best Jr.. 17, of Ixland. the
second driver, and all four of his
passengers were also transported
with complaints of injury. The pas
sengers were Benny James, 16. and
An twain James. 14, both of Ixland.
and Temell McCallister, 17. and
George McCallister. 15, both of
Damages were estimated at
$ 2,500 to Roush 's car and $200 to
Several injuries were also report
ed in a three-vehicle chain reaction
accident last Wednesday. Sept. 21.
on N.C. 211 just west of Southport.
Charles Engle. 75. of Boiling
Spring Lakes, driving a 1992 Dodge
truck, and Terry Smith. 25. of
Southport. driving a 1993 Ford,
were stopped for traffic in the east
bound lane A 19K4 Chevrolet ap
proached from the rear, reported
Trooper D.A. Lewis, and struck
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Engle's vchicle in the rear. In turn,
Englc's truck struck Smith's Ford.
Damian Williams, 16, of Long
Beach, driver of the third vehicle,
was charged with failure to reduce
Williams and his passenger,
Ardianne Williams, 13, were trans
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Damages were estimated at
S1,000 to the Williams car, $700 to
the Engle truck and $400 to the
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