MTSU, Northeast State sign pact for transfer stude...

MTSU, Northeast State sign pact for transfer student success

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — The presidents of Middle Tennessee State University and Northeast State Community College signed agreements Monday, Sept. 22, to ease the transition for students seeking to transfer from the community college to the university.

MTSU’s Dr. Sidney A. McPhee and Northeast State’s Dr. Janice Gilliam authorized three agreements that create dual admissions and reverse transfer options between the community college, which has a main campus in Blountville, Tennessee, and is about to open a fourth satellite campus, and MTSU, located in Murfreesboro.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, and Northeast State Community College President Janice Gilliam sign agreements signifying a dual-admissions partnership between the two Tennessee Board of Regents schools. The signing occurred Sept. 22 at The Millennium Center in Johnson City, Tennessee, also the site of the MTSU True Blue Tour reception to recruit upper East Tennessee high school students. (MTSU photo by News and Media Relations)

The signing occurred at The Millennium Center in Johnson City, where the second leg of the six-city True Blue Tour was held later for prospective students and their guests.

“These agreements point to the need for higher education institutions to work together more closely to help more Tennesseans earn a college degree,” said McPhee.

“This partnership with Northeast State is part of MTSU’s ongoing efforts to remove barriers for students seeking their degrees and to support the state’s goal of producing a more educated workforce.”

Gilliam said Northeast State is “delighted to have this opportunity to work with Middle Tennessee State University.”

MTSU wordmark“This agreement is a great opportunity for students to establish a relationship with both Northeast State and MTSU, which we believe will enhance their academic experience and help them achieve their goal of college completion,” she added.

The agreements allow Northeast State students to interact with MTSU advisers and have access to faculty and programs within their proposed majors.

Students completing an associate’s degree will be granted access to register early for university classes.

Another element of the agreements is reverse transfer. A student completing MTSU courses can transfer those credits back to Northeast State to help meet requirements for an associate degree.
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MTSU, the largest and oldest institution in the Tennessee Board of Regents system, also has established dual-admission programs with Nashville State, Chattanooga State, Dyersburg State, Motlow State, Jackson State and Roane State community colleges.

Northeast State is a two-year TBR college providing university parallel programs designed for students who plan to transfer to another college or university, career programs for students planning to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, and continuing education and community service programs for professional growth and personal enrichment to citizens from five counties. Northeast State has campuses in Blountville, Elizabethton, Gray and Kingsport and one soon to open in Johnson City.

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