FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Sam M. Walton College of Business (WCOB) and the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain (UARM) community college announced a formal articulation agreement to assist students transitioning from a two-year associates degree to a four-year bachelor’s degree through the Turn 2 into 4 program.

University of Arkansas Rich Mountain students pursuing an Associate of Science in Business Administration or an Associate of Applied Science in Business & Information Technology may transfer their class credits to Walton College to complete a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Details of the agreement were announced Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the main campus of Rich Mountain in Mena, Ark.

The Turn 2 into 4 program encourages students at the community college level to complete their degree, keeping costs at a minimum. It gives assurances that specific college courses will be accepted by Walton College, allowing students to graduate on time.

Chancellor of UA Rich Mountain Dr. Phillip Wilson expressed his appreciation for the partnership, “This is a tremendous achievement to benefit UA Rich Mountain students. I am grateful for a strong relationship with UA Fayetteville and with the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Each of our college’s continues to look for ways to partner and break down barriers for today’s community college graduates who choose to continue their educational goals. Today’s signing is another example of those efforts.”

Along with the University of Arkansas (UARK) Chancellor Charles Robinson, Matt Waller, dean of the Walton College; Jim Gigantino, interim vice provost for academic affairs; Anne O’Leary-Kelly, senior associate dean; Karen Boston, senior assistant dean for student success and chief student officer; and Jeff Hood, assistant dean for undergraduate programs, were on hand for the formal announcement of the partnership on behalf of the University of Arkansas.

Representing University of Arkansas Rich Mountain were Dr. Phillip Wilson, chancellor; Dr. Krystal Thrailkill, vice chancellor for academic affairs; Chad Fielding, vice chancellor for student affairs; and Lisa Rackley, director of student support services.

Walton College boasts eight academic departments with bachelor’s and graduate degrees in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, strategy entrepreneurship and venture innovation, and supply chain management, along with those with an international business focus. The college also offers online bachelor’s degrees in accounting, general business, management, marketing and supply chain management.

 The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain is a comprehensive community college providing a broad range of educational programs and learning opportunities in Polk, Montgomery and Scott Counties. It offers associate degrees with a focus in general business administration and information technology/office systems as well as others in the arts, manufacturing, medical, science and teaching fields. Its mission to provide educational opportunities for the region guides the community college’s programming, services and involvement in its communities.

UA Rich Mountain’s mission is to provide transformative education to all learners.