CCBC and Towson University kick off Degrees to Succeed program

Oct 28, 2022 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

Community College of Baltimore County and Towson University have partnered to offer students a seamless and efficient path toward earning a bachelor’s degree through the new Degrees to Succeed program.

CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis and Towson University President Kim Schatzel gathered for the official signing ceremony 12:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31 in the Carol Diane Eustis Center for Health Professions, Rm. 135 at CCBC Essex.

The Degrees to Succeed program provides students with benefits of both institutions, starting their coursework at CCBC — completing their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree — then transferring their credits to TU — where they would begin their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree as a third-year student. Additional benefits for CCBC students participating in the Degrees to Succeed program include the following: 

• Co-advising with TU advisors to ensure CCBC courses align with TU programs
• Membership in the TU Transfer Mentor Program providing new transfer students a faculty or staff mentor for their first year at TU
• TU campus ID card allowing entry to select TU events and activities
• Application fee waiver with the option to compete for a $1,000 renewable merit scholarship. 

“We are pleased to partner with Towson University to give CCBC students an opportunity to fast-track their educational goals,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “One student, two institutions, one experience — that’s the magic of Degrees to Succeed. Students have peace of mind knowing that they have already been accepted into Towson with the successful completion of their associate degree. The transfer will be seamless and students will have a familiarity with Towson’s campus and processes through the early access to TU advisors as well as select events and activities.”

Of students transferring schools within Maryland, more matriculate to Towson University than to any other four-year institution.

“Four-year degrees should be accessible for all students in our community, and this innovative partnership will help ensure that access and improve time-to-degree for those who wish to pursue higher education,” TU President Kim Schatzel said. “As a destination for transfer students and as an anchor institution for Greater Baltimore, this program further establishes TU’s reputation as Maryland’s university of opportunities.”

With hundreds of associate and bachelor degrees to choose from, CCBC and Towson offer students a wealth of opportunities to advance their academic goals. Forging this strong partnership builds on the strengths of both institutions and lays the groundwork for more CCBC students to earn bachelor degrees, carry less debt and become a part of TU’s legacy where 89% of graduates enroll in a graduate program or are employed with an average salary of over $50,000 annually.

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About the Community College of Baltimore County (

Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 50,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction, and transportation. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2022 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

About Towson University (
Towson University is Maryland’s university of opportunities. With more than 150 years of experience pushing possibilities, TU is a nationally-recognized leader in inclusive excellence and is ranked as a leader in social mobility, research and discovery. As the largest university in Greater Baltimore and Maryland’s fastest-growing university, Towson University’s momentum is always accelerating with more than 20,000 students and more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences and applied professional fields. Located amid one of the East Coast’s cultural and economic epicenters, TU is a beacon and powerful catalyst in the Mid-Atlantic region partnering with hundreds of businesses and organizations, impacting communities and fueling change. TU is one of only a handful of institutions where graduation and retention rates are the same for all students, a result of a deeply inclusive culture with a focus on equity among all students, faculty and staff.

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