Richard Bland College announces Transformative Partnership with VSU
Richard Bland College of William & Mary has announced, in conjunction with Virginia State University, the Statesman-Trojan Alliance, a new partnership that offers an opportunity for students to earn their four-year degree from VSU after completing their associate degree at RBC. The Alliance will create a seamless transition and guaranteed admission into VSU for those who qualify.
“Partnerships that create pathways to high-demand baccalaureate degrees are central to fulfilling Richard Bland’s mission,” said Richard Bland President Debbie Sydow. “RBC is pleased to work with VSU in providing deserving students with affordable options to college completion.”
The Statesman-Trojan Alliance is designed as a viable option for lowering the cost of a four-year degree and to help in reducing a student’s debt by offering specific scholarships. It also provides a shorter “time-to-degree process” that guides students to degree completion by offering customized VSU advising and access to some of VSU’s student services. In addition, students may be allowed to take some coursework within their major at VSU while enrolled at RBC.
“Our program is purposefully created with the total student in mind,” VSU President Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. said. “It focuses on increasing student opportunity and access to a college education as well as provides a holistic experience for our students. This innovative program will continue to fulfill our commitment to a transformative education by opening doors to Virginians who may otherwise not have an opportunity to attend a four-year university.”
The announcement of the new program comes as VSU unveils its new Strategic Plan, “Preeminence with Purpose.” The 2020-2025 plan for VSU centers on sustained excellence. It sets forth the next chapter in the University’s continued growth, focusing on six areas: Student Opportunity and Access, Academic Excellence, the Holistic Experience for Students, Enhancing the Land Grant Mission of the University, the VSU Brand, and Financial/Operational Effectiveness.