SRU signs six articulation agreements with Butler County Community College


Neupauer and Riley signing the agreement

From left, Nick Neupauer, president of Butler County Community College, and Karen Riley, president of Slippery Rock University signed new articulation agreements between the two schools that will open 13 new formal transfer pathways.

Sept. 6, 2023

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University and Butler County Community College have signed six new articulation agreements creating more opportunities for BC3 students to transfer to SRU and earn their bachelor's degrees. These agreements will help save students time and money by opening 13 new formal transfer pathways, bringing the current total of formal pathways between the two Butler County schools to 46.

Executives from both institutions participated in a signing ceremony, Sept. 6, at SRU's Russell Wright Alumni House. The agreement covers everything from credit transferability and financial aid to reciprocal engagement opportunities that will better serve students intending to complete their associate degree at BC3 and finishing their four-degree at SRU.

These new agreements apply to the following BC3 associate degree programs, which lead to 13 bachelor's degree programs at SRU (indicated in parentheses):

    • Engineering (civil engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, and petroleum and natural gas engineering).
    • Biological science (biology-medical technology and biology-histotechnology).
    • Computer information systems: programming specialist (computing-computer science and computing-data analytics).
    • Computer information systems: website development specialist (computing-information technology and information systems).
    • Computer information systems: computer support specialist (information systems),
    • Computer information systems: networking and cybersecurity (cybersecurity-secure software development and cybersecurity-security governance).   
Neupauer and Riley

   Nick Neupauer and Karen Riley

"SRU has a great relationship with Butler County Community College and we're happy to continue our focus on the needs of our students through these articulation agreements," said Karen Riley, president of Slippery Rock University. "Partnerships with community colleges are critically important to fulfilling our mission to serve students and provide access to affordable four-year degrees that prepare students for jobs that are in demand. In addition to benefiting our students by making them more competitive in the workforce, this partnership has a positive impact on the local economy as students are able to complete their degrees in Butler County and work in our region."

Butler County is one of three counties in Pennsylvania with both a community college and an institution in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Each year, more than 200 students transfer to SRU from BC3.

"Best of all, these agreements benefit our terrific students," said Nick Neupauer, president of BC3. "I also believe these agreements are important so the residents of Butler County and our commonwealth can see that two of its institutions of higher education are great partners."

More information about SRU's articulation agreements with community colleges is available on the SRU website. For more information about transfer admissions at SRU, call 1.800.929.4778 or email

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