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Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer




UVA Partners with TCC to Launch Baccalaureate Aimed at Adult Students

TCC students, recent grads to have unique access to UVA experience

NORFOLK, Va. - (Nov. 7, 2003) - The University of Virginia and Tidewater Community College announce a baccalaureate program for TCC students and recent graduates, providing unique access to the UVA experience. The university will deliver the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program at TCC campuses.

"We are pleased to accept TCC's invitation to offer our inaugural adult degree-completion program for baccalaureate students at a community college," says UVA President John Casteen. "This is an exciting opportunity to bring the university to Tidewater."

TCC President Deborah DiCroce, who proposed the partnership, explains, "The community we serve - the Hampton Roads region of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach - will have an unparalleled opportunity to attain a four-year degree from the Commonwealth's flagship university."

"This expands the menu of options for our students relative to transfer by providing a cooperative program in partnership with the nation's No.1-ranked public research university. I am excited for our students and grateful for UVA's vision and outreach."

The new degree-completion program for TCC students and recent graduates focuses on educational needs of the adult student. UVA faculty will deliver the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies coursework through a rigorous part-time program, with evening classes. The program begins in fall 2004; the enrollment process began at TCC this week.

The University of Virginia has offered the BIS program in Charlottesville since 1999. Through the TCC partnership, UVA will extend the program exclusively to qualified TCC students, recent alumni, and adults who graduated from high school four years ago or more . Nov. 4-6, staff from UVA's BIS program visited TCC campuses to answer questions and provide specific information about this exciting new program.

Students applying to the BIS degree program should:

  • be in good standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA from TCC;
  • be at least four years past high school graduation;
  • and hold no previous degree from a four-year institution.

For application information, call TCC's Information Center at 757-822-1122 and visit the web site, , or

MEDIA CONTACT:   To speak to President DiCroce and academic sources about this groundbreaking program in Hampton Roads, contact Laurie White at TCC, 757.822.1085 or



Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1958 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.

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Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer