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NOVA and Old Dominion University to sign guaranteed transfer partnership agreement

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Old Dominion University (ODU) will formalize a Guaranteed Transfer Partnership Agreement between the two institutions as well as a new cybersecurity pathway intended to support workforce development in this critical field.

The ceremony, in which NOVA President Scott Ralls and ODU Provost Augustine "Austin" Agho will sign the agreements, will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the President's Dining Room in the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at NOVA's Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

The Guaranteed Transfer Partnership Agreement lays the foundation for collaboration designed to facilitate the seamless transfer of NOVA graduates to ODU. The agreement stipulates the criteria under which NOVA graduates are guaranteed admission to ODU and describes curricular benefits that exceed those outlined in the existing Guaranteed Admission Agreement between ODU and the Virginia Community College System. In addition, the agreement further articulates terms that ensure ODU and NOVA will jointly support dual enrolled students, whether online or in person.

With the new 2+2 pathway agreement in cybersecurity, ODU becomes the eighth senior institution to provide a mechanism for seamless transfer in this emerging and strategically important degree area. The Northern Virginia region is home to the largest concentration of cybersecurity job opportunities in the United States.

Students and top administrative officials will make remarks during the ceremony. NOVA and ODU welcome interested media representatives to cover the ceremony.

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