The University of South Alabama has announced a partnership with Faulkner State Community College that should result in more Faulkner State graduates transferring to South to earn their bachelor’s degrees. The program is called “Pathway USA” and its goal is to increase opportunities for success for college students on the Gulf Coast.

USA President Tony Waldrop, left, and Faulkner State Community College President Gary Branch sign a Pathway USA agreement to increase opportunities for success for college students on the Gulf Coast.

USA President Tony Waldrop, left, and Faulkner State Community College President Gary Branch sign a Pathway USA agreement to increase opportunities for success for college students on the Gulf Coast.

“The University of South Alabama is committed to making a college education more affordable and accessible,” University of South Alabama President Tony Waldrop said. “We believe Pathway USA will be a very effective means to achieve that and it is exciting that Faulkner State shares our commitment.”

The program will be launched beginning with the 2016 fall semester.

Pathway USA is geared to students who are not admitted at South as well as students who may simply prefer to begin their college education at Faulkner State. These students may choose to have a copy of their USA application and supporting documents forwarded to Faulkner State for admission consideration. Students already attending Faulkner State may also apply for Pathway USA. A unique application will be created and available for Faulkner State students to complete and submit.

“This is a great win for our students who wish to continue their education at USA,” Faulkner State Community College President Gary Branch said. “I’m looking forward to the positive impact Pathway USA will have on Faulkner State Community College and our region.”

Students who enter the Pathway USA program will have unique benefits, like guaranteed admission to USA upon successful completion of the associate’s degree. Students will have access to a USA academic advisor assigned to them who will meet students at Faulkner State and provide individual guidance on course selection and map out degree plans. Reverse transfer agreements will allow Faulkner State students who transfer to South without an associate’s degree to complete that degree after entering USA.

Students will also receive special discounts through USA’s Jaguar Productions and complimentary admission to South Alabama athletic events.

For additional information on Pathway USA at the University of South Alabama are urged to contact USA’s Enrollment Services office at 251-460-6494 or email enrollmentservices@southalabama.edu.