Overview: The North Carolina Community College System provides many opportunities for students interested in earning associate’s degrees, certification, workplace preparation, and developing a 4-year pathway through a 4-year institution earning both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. A completed associate degree is not required to transfer, but is highly recommended. Students who earn an associate degree are granted 60-61 credit hours and the status of “junior” if accepted into a UNC system campus. Many NC campuses have “pathways” to help make transferring easier. These pathways are called CAA (Comprehensive Articulation Agreement) Baccalaureate Degree Plans (BDPs).
The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) program (AA and AS) provides a pathway from the 58 NC Community Colleges through the 16 University of North Carolina institutions.