WSCC, King sign reverse transfer agreement
Walters State Community College and King University signed one of the first reverse articulation agreements between a public community college and a private university in the state. Taking part in the signing are, from left, Dr. Lori Campbell, WSCC vice president of academic affairs; Dr. Wade B. McCamey, WSCC president; Dr. Gregory D. Jordan, King University president; and Dr. Matt Roberts, King University chief academic officer and dean of academic affairs.
On Monday, Walters State Community College and King University, headquartered in Virginia, signed a reverse transfer agreement for WSCC students who have transferred to the university prior to the completion of their associate degree program.
WSCC President Dr. Wade McCamey said this is just another step in a partnership between the two institutions going back many years.
Over the years, McCamey said King has “delivered advanced work to our campuses” and has “met the students more than half way.”
Since 2009, King has offered classes on WSCC’s Morristown and Sevierville campuses.
There is already an articulation agreement between the two schools which allows students to have a seamless transition in the transfer from community college to a bachelor’s level institution.
Since 2003, 872 WSCC students have transferred to King to continue their education.
King University President Dr. Greg Jordan said the success of the bachelor’s of science in nursing and MBA programs speak to the salient features of programs that are most convenient for WSCC students.
“The reverse transfer creates a mechanism to send information to WSCC from King so those students who first attended WSCC can be awarded their associate degree through remaining course requirements completed at King,” said Matt Roberts, King University chief academic officer and dean of academic affairs.
It allows students to complete their associate’s degree while earning a four-year degree. To be eligible, WSCC students must have completed a minimum of 21 semester hours toward an associates degree at any of WSCC’s locations.
In January 2013, Gov. Bill Haslam announced his Drive to 55 higher education initiative. The governor said that only 32 percent of the state’s adult population has a post-secondary degree, but to have a workforce that’s job-ready, the state needs to be at 55 percent by 2025.
“WSCC is certainly one of the chief partners King has in meeting the government goal,” said Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King University.
He said this new agreement is one of the first in the state between a public and private school.
“This is a wonderful public/private partnership,” he said.
In the June 2011 article in “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” authors Donna Ekal and Paula M. Krebs said that reverse transfer programs benefit students and colleges alike.
“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,” the authors said.
-By Denise Williams, Tribune Staff Writer