Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Delgado and UNO Leaders Announce Privateer Bound Program

Delgano and UNO leaders announce privateer bound program(from left) Delgado Chancellor Monty Sullivan and UNO President Peter J. Fos participate in a signing ceremony for the "Privateer Bound" program.

Delgado Community College and the University of New Orleans announced the launch of Privateer Bound, which allows Delgado students who enroll in the program to take all of their classes on UNO's campus and enjoy the benefits of the UNO student experience before seamlessly transferring to UNO once they have fulfilled their course requirements.

An agreement on the initiative was signed today at a ceremony on UNO's Lakefront Campus by UNO President Peter J. Fos and Delgado Chancellor Monty Sullivan.

Privateer Bound provides a unique opportunity for students who have applied to UNO but are not eligible because they require at least one remedial course. Those students will be encouraged to enroll in the program, which will enable them to take Delgado classes on UNO's campus and have access to the library, recreation and fitness center, student email, Wi-Fi, campus and athletic events, and other perks of the UNO experience.

Once Privateer Bound students complete their remedial coursework, as well as earn 24 college-level hours with a GPA of 2.25, they will automatically transfer into UNO without needing to re-apply.

"We are excited that these Privateer Bound students will be able to have a truly immersive UNO student experience," said UNO President Peter J. Fos. "We are confident that the program will make them feel at home on our campus and will motivate them to pursue a bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans."

There are currently 72 Delgado students enrolled in the program, which began during the fall semester.

"The opportunity for Delgado students to chart their path to a UNO bachelor's degree program on a straight line with Privateer Bound is something that will benefit not only the students, but our entire community," said Delgado Chancellor Monty Sullivan. "Access to education is vitally important to the future of the greater New Orleans region. Delgado is pleased to be partnering with UNO to extend our working relationship on behalf of students."

Every student who receives a rejection letter from UNO will also get an invitation to enroll in Privateer Bound. The goal is to provide students who are interested in obtaining a 4-year degree from UNO with an easy-to-follow plan that will enable them to earn a bachelor's degree without ever leaving UNO's campus.

The University of New Orleans (UNO) is a major research university in one of the world's most fascinating cities. For more than 50 years, it has been one of the city's foremost public resources, offering a diverse set of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the city's industry, culture and economy. Since 1958, UNO has educated students from all 64 Louisiana parishes, all 50 states in the United States and more than 100 countries. Today UNO offers more than 40 undergraduate and pre-professional programs and more than 40 graduate programs.

Delgado Community College, established in 1921 as a trades school for the City of New Orleans, has grown into a multi-campus, widely diversified community college serving the entire New Orleans region. Part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and fully accredited by SACS, Delgado enrolls more than 19,000 students in degree, diploma and certificate programs, plus 10,000 others in workforce development and continuing education.