The UNC Charlotte-Central Piedmont Community College Passport Program

UNC Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) have launched the Passport Program for students beginning their college enrollment in Fall 2010. Conceived as a bridge program to make students more competitive for admission to UNC Charlotte and to increase the likelihood of their success once enrolled, the Passport Program will assist participating students academically and socially through their first year of study and the transfer process. Program leaders identified candidates from UNC Charlotte’s freshman applicant pool and offered them the opportunity to take advantage of transitional services at the community college prior to their enrollment at UNC Charlotte. Highlights of the program include dual advising from CPCC and UNC Charlotte, learning communities at CPCC that incorporate the UNC Charlotte freshman seminar common reading program, invitations to special events at UNC Charlotte and transfer seminars on both campuses. 

The first cohort of eighty students will begin the Passport Program at CPCC in the Fall 2010. Successful students will transition to UNC Charlotte in Fall 2011 to begin their sophomore year.   In the coming years, it is our goal to expand the services offered through the Passport Program to include more access to the UNC Charlotte campus prior to enrollment at the University, as well as increase the number of students enrolled in the program. The Passport Program responds to the UNC Tomorrow goal of increasing access to higher education and promoting degree completion for more North Carolinians.