SFCC and WNMU partner to help students

Santa Fe Community College and Western New Mexico University partner to help students
SFCC students will be supported in completing associate degrees and advancing to WNMU

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and Western New Mexico University (WMNU) are partnering to help SFCC students complete associate degrees and easily transfer to WNMU. Santa Fe Community College President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., and Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard, Ph.D., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 20, paving the way for a full articulation agreement, which will guarantee SFCC students who have earned an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree admission to Western New Mexico University to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

SFCC President Rowley said, “This is a big win for our students who will not only be able to transfer to Western New Mexico University, but also be able to get transfer advice from WNMU representatives while studying at SFCC to make the transition so much easier.” WNMU President Shepard added, “We are proud to be working toward ensuring Santa Fe Community College graduates a shot at advancing their education and training through completing four-year degrees at WNMU, where we will count every credit they earned as part of their associate degrees.”

The MOU is designed to encourage associate degree completion and support transition into a bachelor’s degree program by coordinating transfer policies, enhancing advising, and promoting the acceptance of courses and credits between SFCC and WMNU.

Some highlights of the SFCC and WNMU MOU are:

  • SFCC students will have access to WNMU advisement services before, during and after transferring to WNMU.
  • The agreement allows SFCC students to dual enroll at WNMU. Also, SFCC students who declare the intention of transferring to WNMU may receive access to select student services and privileges at WNMU while studying with SFCC, e.g., access to the library and admission to fine arts and cultural events as well as sports events.
  • SFCC students will be eligible for transfer student scholarships without further application.

WNMU and SFCC have agreed to prioritize the completion of individual articulation agreements in the disciplines of Human Services, Psychology, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Business, Education, Trades, Technology, Sustainability, and Professional Studies.


WNMU Campus in Silver City, NM

Santa Fe Community College celebrates its 40th Anniversary as the pathway to success for individuals and the community. SFCC provides affordable, high-quality programs that serve the academic, cultural, and economic needs of the community. The college welcomes over 10,000 students per year in credit, noncredit, workforce training, personal enrichment, and adult programs.
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