02 Sep 2022

Saint Augustine’s University Partners with Wayne County Community College District to Create Transfer Pathways

Pictured Left to Right: (Front Row) SAU President Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail and WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery with representatives from both institutions after completing the MOU signing. Photo Credit: Wayne County Community College District


Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) has partnered with the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) in Detroit, MI, to allow WCCCD students eligible for articulated course credits at SAU to attend the university. 

The Articulation Program formed between the two institutions allows SAU to provide articulation benefits at no charge to past and present students at the college who meet the articulation criteria and academic requirements. Furthermore, SAU will review the students’ applications for admission according to the standard SAU admission application criteria while favorably recognizing students’ accomplishments at the WCCCD. In addition, $2,000 scholarships are also available to eligible students.

“The launching of our HBCU Urban Access Hubs ensures that we will no longer define ourselves through our traditional structures,” said SAU President Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail. “This articulation agreement delivers our promise of providing year-long access to SAU by leveraging the kinship between two American inventions – community colleges and HBCUs.” 

Upon executing this agreement, SAU will work with WCCCD to develop strategies to provide WCCCD students and graduates with the necessary information about program opportunities and requirements for transferring credits. In addition, an appointed staff member at each institution will publish and review transfer Degree Pathways and Degree Plans annually to ensure continued communication. Through these activities, the institutions will work simultaneously to modify their policies, procedures, etc., to accommodate the changing needs of their students. 

“Our mission has always been to provide pathways to better lives through higher education,” said WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery. “This articulation agreement is firmly within that mission and expands on our existing transfer programs and university partnerships to help more students obtain advanced degrees seamlessly.”   

Though the partnership ensures a smoother transfer process, it does not alter the admission and academic requirements for specific baccalaureate degrees. Instead, this partnership makes it easier for WCCCD students and those currently at SAU to remain on track and know what is needed. Therefore, SAU’s admission, academic, and graduation requirements remain unchanged. 

About Wayne County Community College District: 

WCCCD, one of the largest urban community college in Michigan, is a multi-campus district with six locations and specialty campuses, including the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center, the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center, the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education (MIPSE), the Curtis L. Ivery Health and Wellness Education Center, and the Outdoor Careers Training Center. The District serves 32 cities and townships across more than 500 square miles. WCCCD is committed to the continued development of new programs, workforce transformation, hosting community-based training sessions, and improving student facilities and services. www.wcccd.edu.