Moving Forward with Mason ADVANCE Prorgram

Almost 3,000 NOVA students transfer to Mason each year. ADVANCE aims to boost that number by giving those students the support they need to earn a bachelor's degree within four years.

Moving Forward with Mason ADVANCE Prorgram

On today's edition of The George, The Mason ADVANCE program plans to offer another 300 students into programs, like ours in Psychology, this coming academic year! Psychology is one of the 20 programs in this initiative for the university that offers this streamlined process. Here in the Psychology department, we believe that helping students achieve their goals quickly and efficiently to meet their goals is a part of academic excellence.

What is ADVANCE? ADVANCE is a partnership between Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and GMU that helps students streamline their transfer process to a four-year degree! To learn more about the program click here!

What sets ADVANCE apart from other relationships between two- and four-year institutions is the alignment both of courses and services, such as advising and financial aid. Each ADVANCE student is assigned a “success coach” who helps guide the student from enrollment at NOVA through graduation from Mason.

The Chronicle of Higher Education last year referred to the NOVA-to-Mason path as “one of the nation’s most successful transfer partnerships.” The Aspen Institute also is observing ADVANCE as a national model for successful transfer.

Employers like the program because it provides a wider and more highly qualified and diverse talent pool to fill critical shortages in the workforce. Northrop Grumman and Micron have pledged support for ADVANCE. Last month, the national nonprofit Strada Education Network announced a $1 million grant to fund an education-to-employment pathway for ADVANCE students to further prepare them for post-graduation success.

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