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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – King University and Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC)
announced the signing of a reverse transfer agreement between the institutions during
a meeting held Friday, Nov. 22, at King’s Hardin Valley campus in Knoxville, Tenn.
The reverse transfer program will be available to PSCC students who have transferred
to King University from PSCC prior to the completion of their associate degree program.
“We are delighted to further extend the collaborative and long-standing relationship
we have enjoyed with our partners at Pellissippi State Community College,” says Dr.
Greg Jordan, president of King University. “This is an excellent opportunity for students
to achieve their dreams of college completion at both the associate and baccalaureate
Upon transfer to King University, students who have completed a minimum of 21 semester
hours toward their associate degree at any Pellissippi State Community College location
will be eligible for the reverse transfer program.
“At Pellissippi State, we are always looking for ways of enhancing the transfer opportunities
for our graduates,” says Dr. Anthony Wise, president of Pellissippi State Community
College. “Our partnership with King University allows our students to make a successful
transition between institutions and to complete an associate’s degree on the path
to a bachelor’s degree. We are glad to partner with our colleagues at King in increasing
the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary degrees.”
King University and Pellissippi State have a proven partnership since 2009 in helping
students attain their baccalaureate degree. King has offered classes on Pellissippi
State’s Strawberry Plains campus since 2012. In June 2013, the two schools extended
their partnership to include PSCC’s Blount County campus in Friendsville. The existing
articulation agreement between the two schools is designed to ensure a seamless transition
for students transferring from community college to a bachelor’s-level institution.
“The reverse transfer creates a mechanism to send information to PSCC from King so
those students who first attended PSCC 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.
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, Volunteer State Community College, Cleveland
State Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, Mountain Empire Community
College, Southwest Virginia Community College and Wytheville Community College.
“Reverse transfer is a great opportunity for our students,” says Jon Harr, associate
dean for Academic Affairs and campus dean for Knoxville at King University. “The
student earns another credential, and retention rates are higher for students who
receive an associate degree through reverse transfer.”
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
state, “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 Pellissippi State Community
College,” says Roberts. “That spirit of cooperation continues with our reverse transfer
agreement. As a result of the agreement, PSCC 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’s 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, digital media, 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.