In an agreement signed Tuesday between Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University, students have another option to receive a four-year degree without leaving the area.

With a series of signatures, every degree program at the college flows seamlessly to four-year programs at the university. This means that students can start their programs at the BPCC campus, graduate, and then seemingly transfer to NSU.

The articulation agreements happened over the past several years. Since 2008, BPCC and NSU have signed 33 2+2 agreements, allow students to take the first two years at BPCC and transfer for the final two years at NSU.

In addition, there is NSU at BPCC, which allows some university courses to be taught on the college campus. With Tuesday’s signing, all of NSU’s programs are paired with BPCC associate degrees.

“It’s not about institutions, it’s about students,” said Stan Wilkins, BPCC’s vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “Hopefully, it makes BPCC students’ transition to NSU seamless.”

Tuesday’s event was to commemorate the final 14 programs to be articulated.

Adding to the agreements is NSU’s commitment to online education. Most of its programs are taught online, meaning students can earn a four-year degree without leaving the area.

“It’s about taking away roadblocks,” said Lisa Abney, NSU’s provost and vice president for academic/student affairs.

BPCC and NSU have had a long friendship. Former BPCC Chancellor Tom Carleton attended NSU, and current Chancellor Jim Henderson graduated from NSU.

“NSU shares a lot of our cultural values, including innovation and responsiveness,” Henderson said. “When you share those values, collaboration happens naturally.”