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LSU, BRCC announce Tiger Bridge Program

LSU and Baton Rouge Community College announced at a press conference on March 6 the creation of a joint program that will benefit incoming students and help both institutions achieve the educational collaboration encouraged by the LA GRAD Act.

LSU and Baton Rouge Community College Tiger Bridge Program
Video: Tiger Bridge Program Announcement


David Kurpius, Monique Cross
LSU Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management David Kurpius and BRCC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Monique Cross opened the press conference on March 6 to announce the Tiger Bridge Program.

David Kurpius, Monique Cross
The Tiger Bridge Program will allow students who fall short of LSU’s admission standards to take courses at BRCC that will transfer to LSU while they live on LSU’s campus and have access to LSU services and activities.
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The Tiger Bridge Program will provide an academic and residential link between LSU and BRCC, allowing students who apply to LSU but who fall short of the required admission standards to take courses at BRCC that will transfer to LSU while they live on LSU's campus and have access to LSU services and activities.

Some of the LSU services to which these students will have access include LSU Dining Halls, the LSU Student Health Center, LSU's libraries, LSU's University Recreational Center and selected LSU athletic events. The students will also have access to the BRCC library and Academic Learning Center, BRCC Academic Advising and Disability Services, financial aid counseling, and all BRCC athletic events. In addition, the LSU mass transit system will work in conjunction with the BRCC Shuttle to provide transportation for the students between the two campuses. Students in the program will also be required to purchase a meal plan option from LSU Dining Services.

The program is slated to begin this fall.

During the press conference, LSU Interim President and Chancellor William L. Jenkins and BRCC Chancellor Andrea Lewis Miller signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities to formally establish the program. Speakers at the press conference included Jenkins; LSU Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management David Kurpius; BRCC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Monique Cross; and Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Joe May.

Jenkins called the creation of BRCC in the 1990s a "great success story" and expressed satisfaction at how that institution has grown. He said the Tiger Bridge Program is a great step forward for students, as well as for LSU and BRCC. "This is a source of great pleasure for me personally, and I congratulate all who were involved in this process," Jenkins said of the Tiger Bridge Program. He also noted that the program is based on a model that's being used more and more around the country.

May stressed the importance of higher education, saying that a high school diploma is often not enough in today's job market. He praised LSU and BRCC for making this program a reality and for putting the needs of students first.

Students who qualify for the Tiger Bridge Program will receive an invitation to join, and must complete a formal acceptance process. Due to space limitations, students will be accepted into the program on a first-come, first-served basis once all required elements are received. Students who require developmental math, English or reading courses will be required to take those courses at BRCC over the summer, prior to their first academic year in the program.

Upon successful completion of 30 credit hours of transferable, college-level course work, with a cumulative LSU transfer grade-point average of at least 2.5 during the defined academic year of admission in the Tiger Bridge Program – fall and spring semesters – students will be admitted to LSU for the subsequent fall. Students meeting the requirements will transfer automatically. No additional application is required.

Once students transfer to LSU and complete the next 30 hours toward their intended degree, those credits will reverse transfer to BRCC for the awarding of an Associate's degree.

Students in the program will receive specialized academic success training and academic advising from both LSU and BRCC. The students will live in LSU Residence Halls and receive living-learning opportunities similar to those in LSU's Residential Colleges. LSU's Residential Colleges are residence halls that house students with similar majors or interests, enabling those students to live, learn and study together. The concept is designed to make LSU "smaller" for those students.

Tiger Bridge Program students will be allowed to join campus organizations at LSU and to hold campus organization leadership positions at BRCC. Program participants will have access to all LSU athletic events except football, although a limited number of tickets to selected non-Southeastern Conference football games may be made available, depending on demand from full-time enrolled students. Program participants will not have access to LSU Greek organizations or campus leadership positions at LSU.

Cooperation between LSU and BRCC provides greater educational opportunities for students, streamlines the transfer process from BRCC to LSU, and encourages partnerships between community colleges and universities, as is outlined in the LA GRAD Act that has been enacted by the Louisiana Legislature to improve higher education in the state.

Additional specifics about the Tiger Bridge Program are available at www.tigerbridge.lsu.edu.