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King University News :: King University Establishes School of Applied Science and Technology

Supporting Governor Haslam’s ‘Drive to 55’ Campaign

BRISTOL, Tenn., Jan. 20, 2014 – King University has established a new School of Applied Science and Technology that will bring together new and existing academic programs to better prepare students for 21st century careers.


The School of Applied Science and Technology has been developed to provide relevant, authentic and meaningful educational offerings that translate into greater viability in today’s workforce, according to Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King University.

Scheduled to be fully operational by January 2014, the School of Applied Science and Technology will support a more educated workforce by providing bachelor’s degree programs that complement the education attained at local community colleges. In addition, the school will supplement students’ technical skills with increased specializations and liberal arts courses.

“King University is answering Gov. Bill Haslam’s call for a more well prepared sophisticated and educated workforce with the creation of the School of Applied Science and Technology,” Jordan says. “This initiative closely aligns with the governor’s ‘Drive to 55’ campaign to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications to 55 percent by the year 2025.”

Jordan says that although many community college students desire to pursue a related bachelor’s degree, their options for a bachelor’s-level education have been limited.

“Establishing the School of Applied Science and Technology alleviates many of the issues that students currently face, providing a streamlined process that allows them to further their educational journey,” says Jordan. “The new school and its related degree programs match the workforce development needs of our region with the career interests of our students.”

The School of Applied Science and Technology will include a diverse array of existing programs, including Forensic Science and Neuroscience, as well as Digital Media, Art and Design, and Information Technology/Cybersecurity. Future degree programs will include Genomics, Environmental Science and Applied Science.

“By creating this new school, we are positioning ourselves to better serve the 940,000 adults in Tennessee who have some college education, but no degree, while identifying and proactively filling the skills gaps that exist among the workforce,” says Dr. Matt Roberts, dean of Academic Affairs at King University. “Government entities such as the Y-12 security complex at Oak Ridge and our community college partners have expressed great interest in King’s development of the Applied Science degree program. There is a need in the region for this type of education.” 

The Applied Science degree allows students with technical skills to add liberal arts courses to their coursework. The degree also provides a concentration of six related courses and offers students opportunities for additional specializations or electives. This new degree will equip students with knowledge and skills in areas such as organizational management, business, psychology or communication.

Dr. Mark Overbay, dean of the new School of Behavioral and Health Sciences, will serve as interim dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology while administrators conduct a national search for a permanent dean. Dr. Alyssa Millner, program director and assistant professor of Communication, has been appointed associate dean of the new school.

King University has six formal reverse-transfer agreements with community college partners in the eastern half of the state. These agreements enable students to transfer credits earned at King automatically back to their schools of origin. When the credit total for a student reaches 60 semester hours, the community college is notified so the associate degree can be awarded. Four of the community college partners also have articulation agreements with King University, allowing students a seamless transition from their two-year institution to King.

King University is headquartered in Bristol, Tenn., and has established 14 campuses and locations across Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. King University also offers degree programs online.


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