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King University and Northeast State Community College announced the signing of a reverse
transfer agreement between the institutions during a news conference held Thursday.
The announcement was made at the Northeast State at Bristol teaching site located
in the historic City Central building at 620 State Street in downtown Bristol, Tenn.
The reverse transfer program will be available to Northeast State students who have
transferred to King University from Northeast State prior to the completion of their
associate degree program.
“The reverse transfer creates a mechanism to send back information to Northeast State
from King so those students who first attended Northeast State can be awarded their
associate degree through remaining course requirements completed at King,” stated
Matt Roberts, chief academic officer and dean of academic affairs for King University.
“The reverse transfer is a win-win for both institutions and a win for our students
Upon transfer to King University, students who have completed a minimum of 21 semester
hours toward their associate degree at any Northeast State location will be eligible
for the reverse transfer program.
“We are delighted to further extend the collaborative and long-standing relationship
we have enjoyed with Northeast State,” said Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King University.
“What makes this agreement truly unique is that King is a private institution. To
the best of our knowledge, this is the first instance of a private university in the
state of Tennessee to sign a reverse transfer agreement with a public institution.
The benefits for King and Northeast State, as well as the surrounding community, are
King University and Northeast State have partnered for the past 16 years though an
articulation agreement. This agreement is designed to ensure a seamless transition
for students transitioning from community college to a bachelor’s-level institution.
Since 2008, 1,044 students from Northeast State have transferred to King University
to continue their academic path, a 57.6 percent increase from the previous five years.
“This is a significant step forward in the partnership between King University and
Northeast State,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, president of Northeast State. “This agreement
will enable our students, who transfer prior to earning an associate degree, to acquire
that credential based on work completed at King. This is a great opportunity for
students to achieve their dreams of college completion, and we are very pleased with
King’s support of this initiative.”
Currently, King has articulation agreements with nine community colleges — five in
Tennessee and four in Virginia— including Northeast State Community College, Walters
State Community College, Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community
College, Nashville State Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College,
Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College and Wytheville
According to a June 2011 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Reverse Transfer
Programs Reward Students and Colleges Alike,” authors Donna Ekal and Paula M. Krebs
stated, “Up go the graduation rates at the community college, up goes the self-esteem
of the newly credentialed student, and up goes the retention rate at the university:
It's the ultimate win-win situation.”
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.
In a January 2013 news release, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam commented on his new higher
education initiative, Drive to 55.
“Over the past six months, I’ve spent a lot of time learning from experts in our state
and across the country about the challenges we face in higher education,” Haslam said.
“Only 32 percent of our state’s adult population has a post-secondary degree, but
if we are going to have a workforce that’s job-ready, we need to be at 55 percent
by 2025. The conversation needs to be about K (kindergarten) to J with the ‘J’ meaning
“King has always enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with Northeast State,” added
Roberts. “That spirit of cooperation continues with our reverse transfer agreement.
As a result of the agreement, Northeast will see an increase in its graduation rate;
King should see its retention rate increase, and our students will earn a valuable
credential on their way to the completion of a bachelor degree. Also, this agreement
will not only provide for an exceptional education for students, but it will improve
economic development for the region.”
King University is a Presbyterian, master's-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King
College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees
and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences,
pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration,
education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities,
and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II
and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity athletic teams. For more information
about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact
the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road,
Richlands, VA 24641.