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King Signs Reverse Transfer Agreements with SVCC and WCC

Reverse Transfer AgreementsWYTHEVILLE, Va., April 14, 2015 – King University signed reverse transfer agreements with both Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) and Wytheville Community College (WCC) during meeting held April 13 and 14.

Beginning Monday, April 14, 2015, the reverse transfer program will be available to SWCC students who have transferred to King University from SWCC prior to the completion of their associate degree program.  The agreement with WCC takes effect April 14.

“It is a blessing to further our partnerships with such wonderful institutions of higher learning such as Southwest Virginia Community College and Wytheville Community College,” said Dr. Richard Ray, interim president at King University. “This is a tremendous opportunity for students to achieve their dreams of college completion at both the associate and baccalaureate levels.”

Students who have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours toward their associate degree at either Southwest Virginia Community College or Wytheville Community College and a set number of semester hours at King University may be eligible for the reverse transfer program. “The reverse transfer creates a mechanism to send information to SWCC or WCC from King so those students who first attended SWCC or WCC can be awarded their associate degree through remaining course requirements completed at King,” said Dr. Matt Roberts, vice president of Academic Affairs at King University.

“Wytheville Community College is very pleased to be able to partner with King University,” said WCC President Dr. Charlie White. “This reverse transfer agreement will benefit WCC students who have transferred to King University by officially recognizing related course work that students have completed and providing these students with appropriate additional credentials to enhance their employability. It is a ‘win-win’ opportunity.”

King University and SWCC have a longstanding partnerships in helping students attain their baccalaureate degree. The existing articulation agreements between the schools are designed to ensure a seamless transition for students transferring from community college to a bachelor’s-level institution.

“King University and Southwest Virginia Community College have a long standing partnership in assisting students in attaining their baccalaureate degree,” said Dr. Mark Estepp, president at Southwest Virginia Community College. “This new agreement will provide an excellent opportunity for students who have left SWCC without graduating to transfer credits back to complete their degree, therefore earning an additional credential. It is a win-win, assisting students in completing their associate degree and their baccalaureate degree.”

Currently, King has articulation agreements with ten community colleges — seven in Tennessee and three 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, and Southwest Virginia Community College. 

“Reverse transfer is a great opportunity for our students,” said Micah Crews, associate vice president of Enrollment Management at King. “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 2014 Articulation and Transfer Report, among private institutions in Tennessee, King University currently ranks number one in the number of transfers as a percent of the fall undergraduate enrollment for TICUA institutions. In 2013-14, King received the largest number of transfers from public institutions in Tennessee as well as from out-of-state schools.

“King has always enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with Southwest Virginia Community College and Wytheville Community College,” said Roberts. “That spirit of cooperation continues with our reverse transfer agreement. As a result of the agreement, SWCC and WCC 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-affiliated, doctoral-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 sports. 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.