Lander University, Technical Colleges sign partnership agreement to enhance transfer of students

October 7, 2020

Lander University’s College of Business and the South Carolina Technical College System have signed a partnership agreement designed to enhance the seamless transfer of students and graduates from the 16 technical colleges in South Carolina to Lander University to pursue Lander’s bachelor of applied science in business administration. This agreement works to increase and encourage access to baccalaureate education for two-year college students, including minority and other underrepresented populations.

This partnership agreement formally recognizes the long-term collaboration between the state’s technical college system and Lander University. “We are delighted to be collaborating with the S.C. Technical College System on this agreement,” said Dr. Richard Cosentino, president of Lander Univeristy. “Students who begin their education journey at any one of South Carolina’s technical colleges can transfer to Lander with a clear path forward to earning their bachelor of applied science in business administration.”

“This partnership with Lander University demonstrates our continued commitment to ensuring a quality higher education remains affordable and accessible for our students across the System,” added Dr. Tim Hardee, president of the SC Technical College System. “This agreement expands access to a baccalaureate education with a dynamic university that has a rich history and a bright future. It’s a tremendous opportunity for our students.”

Once implemented, the program will aid students in making a smoother transfer between institutions. It will help reduce lost time to graduation, and relieve some of the added financial burden associated with transferring. “Lander’s bachelor of applied science is well suited for students who have already earned their associate of applied science degrees who need a baccalaureate degree to advance their careers,” said Dr. Mike Brizek, interim dean of Lander’s College of Business. “Students with a technical or professional background can complete the first two years at the technical school of their choosing, and seamlessly transfer into our program. We are very proud of our program, and this partnership with the South Carolina Technical College System.”

About the S.C. Technical College System:
Comprised of 16 colleges located strategically across the state and two internationally-renowned statewide programs: readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™, the SC Technical College System is dedicated to furthering economic and workforce development in South Carolina. As the state’s largest higher education system, the SC Technical System educates more of our state’s undergraduates than all the other public higher education institutions combined. Dedicated to making a quality higher education both accessible and affordable, the System plays a key role in educating and training South Carolina’s workforce for the in-demand, high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow. Learn more about the System by visiting

About Lander University:
Founded in 1872, Lander University is a co-educational, state-assisted, four-year university serving approximately 3,500 students and offering more than 60 areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences. Located in Greenwood, S.C., the university has a long-standing tradition of providing a challenging, enriching education that prepares graduates to lead lives of meaningful activity, of personal satisfaction and of service to others. Learn more at

-Story by Graham Duncan, [email protected]