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King University News :: King University Receives Top Ranking for Transfer Students

A recent report from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission indicates that King University is the largest recipient of transfer students among Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) institutions. The University is also recognized for having the largest population of transfer students from public institutions in Tennessee.

Both rankings appear in the 2012-2013 Articulation and Transfers in Tennessee Higher Education Annual Report. The report evaluates the progress of articulation, transfer policy implementation and transfer student activity among Tennessee’s higher education institutions. 

“This is the first time King has been ranked first in both categories of transfer students from Tennessee Public Institutions and total transfer students from multiple sources,” says King University President Dr. Greg Jordan. “The report serves as further confirmation of King’s continuing success as we meet the needs of students through expanded program offerings throughout Tennessee, Virginia and via online learning. Collaborative agreements set in place with partnering institutions are designed to ensure a seamless transition for students transferring from community college to a bachelor’s-level institution.”

For the 14th consecutive year, King’s enrollment has broken the University’s previous records across every platform, which includes traditional on-campus studies, Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) and online programs. King’s total student body now stands at 2,587, a 10 percent increase over last year’s count. This year, the University added more than 950 new students to its enrollment.

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. In terms of total transfer students among TICUA schools, King received 841.

“Our ranking as the number one recipient of transfer students among private institutions in the state of Tennessee demonstrates our commitment to working with our community college partnerships through articulation and reverse transfer agreements,” says Dr. Matt Roberts, chief academic officer and dean of Academic Affairs for King University.

In response to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative and increasing demand by students, King University continues its mission to meet students where they are, putting in place articulation and reverse transfer agreements with the University’s community college partners across Tennessee and Virginia.

In a January 2013 news release, the governor commented on his new higher education initiative. 

“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 jobs.” From fall 2012 to fall 2013, King witnessed a 9.3 percent increase in its overall number of transfer students.

“We anticipate the number of transfer students will only continue to rise,” says John King, vice president for Development and Enrollment Management at King University. “King is very proud to have the most transfer students among private institutions in Tennessee. We greatly value our relationships with the Tennessee Board of Regents Community College System, and we look forward to continuing our partnerships with them as we move forward.”

“Through combined efforts of the University and the extended community that has embraced King’s mission, the University is reaching new heights,” says LeAnn Hughes, vice president for Marketing, Market Research and special assistant to the president at King University. “In a time when many schools have seen a decline in numbers, we have exceeded enrollment expectations. We are hopeful the trend will continue to rise as we further expand the exceptional on-ground and online programming for which King is best known.”

According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, in January 2010 Tennessee passed the Complete College Tennessee Act, a comprehensive reform agenda that seeks to transform public higher education through changes in academic, fiscal and administrative policies at the state and institutional levels. At the center of these reforms is the need for more Tennesseans to be better educated and trained while also acknowledging the state's diminished fiscal capacity to support higher education.

Since last year, King has seen an 18.5 percent increase in the number of GPS students. King offers 10 GPS degree programs in 14 campus locations across Virginia and Tennessee, including the most recent additions in Harriman, Friendsville and Strawberry Plains, Tenn. — all of which resulted from Tennessee Board of Regents Community College partnerships with Roane State Community College and Pellissippi State Community College.

King’s newest location in Nashville is slated to begin classes in spring 2014.

King’s online programs have also experienced tremendous growth, increasing by 99 percent since fall 2012.  

“Online degree programs offer students the ability to learn in a convenient format,” Hughes says. “King has been an innovator in the development of rigorous online education. We offer a diverse slate of online programs to meet the needs of the adult learner.”

Currently, King offers a dozen bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in various fields of study and more than 100 online classes each semester. The University currently has an additional 80 online courses in development.

In addition to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s rankings, other recent accolades for King University include U.S. News World Report announcing King as having the lightest student debt load among Southern universities.  U.S. News World Report also recognized King for the 24th consecutive year as one of the “Best Regional Universities” in the South. King was also designated as a “Best in the Southeast” by the Princeton Review for the 10th consecutive year. In addition, Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, honored the University with its fifth consecutive designation as a “Military Friendly School.”

The U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) also named King University to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the University’s commitment to bettering community through community service and service learning.

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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  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.