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King University News :: King University, Motlow State Agreements Will Help Students Earn Degrees

LYNCHBURG, Tenn., April 1, 2014 – King University and Motlow State Community College (MSCC) announced the signing of a reverse transfer agreement between the institutions during a meeting held Tuesday, April 1, at Motlow State’s campus in Lynchburg, Tenn.

“Motlow is very excited about forming another partnership that will provide additional options and opportunities for our students,” said Dr. MaryLou Apple, president of Motlow State Community College.

The reverse transfer program will be available to Motlow State students who have transferred to King University from MSCC prior to the completion of their associate degree program. 

“We are pleased to partner with Motlow State Community College,” says Dr. Richard Ray, interim president of King University. “This is a tremendous opportunity for students to achieve their dreams of college completion at both the associate and baccalaureate levels.”

“The reverse transfer creates a mechanism to send information to Motlow State from King so those students who first attended MSCC can be awarded their associate degree through remaining course requirements completed at King,” says Matt Roberts, chief academic officer and dean of Academic Affairs for King University. “Reverse transfer is a great opportunity for our students. The student earns another credential, and retention rates are higher for students who receive an associate degree through reverse transfer.”

Upon transfer to King University, students who have completed a minimum of 21 semester hours toward their associate degree at any Motlow State Community College location will be eligible for the reverse transfer program.

King University currently has reverse transfer agreements with the following schools in Tennessee: Northeast State Community College, Walters State Community College, Pellissippi State Community College, Nashville State Community College, Cleveland State Community College, and Volunteer State Community College.

“King looks forward to a wonderful working relationship with Motlow State Community College,” says Roberts. “As a result of the agreement, Motlow State will see an increase in its graduation rate, King will also see its retention rate increase, and our students will earn a valuable credential on their way to the completion of a bachelor’s degree.”

According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s 2012 Articulation and Transfer Report, among private institutions in Tennessee, King currently ranks number one in the receipt of transfer students from community colleges and number three in the total number of transfers received. During the 2012-13 academic year, King received 417 transfers from Tennessee Public Institutions, which is 51 percent higher than that of the second ranked school. Additionally, the total number of transfers to King University increased 9.3 percent from fall 2012 to fall 2013.

Governor Haslam’s challenged the state of Tennessee with a critical new mission: the Drive to 55. The Governor’s goal is to bring the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications to 55 percent by the year 2025. Reaching the goal will involve increasing the number of two-year and four-year degrees, as well as technical certifications in important fields such as welding and mechatronics.

“Partnerships, such as the one we are formalizing today with Motlow State Community College, are one of the keys to increasing the number of Tennessean’s who receive a post-secondary degree,” said Dr. Ray. “We are thrilled to provide this exceptional educational opportunity for students, the result of which will not only provide increased career opportunities but also will lead to increased workforce and economic development for Tennessee.”


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