The presidents of Northeast State Community College and Tusculum College signed a reverse transfer agreement on Friday, Jan. 10, opening the door for students who transfer to Tusculum from Northeast State prior to completing their associate’s degree to use credits earned at Tusculum to complete that degree.
According to Dr. Melinda Dukes, vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College, the Tusculum College-Northeast State Community College Reverse Transfer Program is available to students who have transferred to Tusculum College from Northeast State Community College without earning their associate degree.
“This program allows students to transfer course work from Tusculum College back to Northeast State while completing their bachelor’s program at Tusculum.”
Tusculum President Dr. Nancy B. Moody and Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam signed the agreement at the Tusculum College campus on Friday morning. The agreement becomes effective immediately for students who transfer to Tusculum from Northeast State.
“We are very pleased to announce the new partnership and reverse transfer agreement with our friends at Northeast State,” said Moody. “This complements our existing articulation agreement and offers prospective students an opportunity to complete both their associate and bachelor degrees.”
The two colleges have maintained a general articulation agreement since 1995.
“We are pleased to further extend our relationship with Tusculum College with the signing of this agreement,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, president of Northeast State. “Our students, who transfer prior to earning an associate degree, now have the opportunity to acquire that credential based on credits completed at Tusculum. This allows students to receive maximum benefit from their time spent at both institutions.”
According to the agreement, to complete requirements for the associate degree, 25 percent of the associate degree hour requirements, if greater than 60 hours, must be completed at Northeast State in order to be eligible to pursue the reverse transfer of credits from Tusculum to Northeast State to earn the associate degree. Students must also complete the exit exam at Northeast State in order to earn the associate degree.
In addition, Tusculum College will endeavor to provide Northeast State with information on transfer students to assist Northeast State officials in the identification of students who could benefit from reverse transfer credit of courses.
Northeast State Community College is a comprehensive two-year community college under the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents of the State University and is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree.
Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a liberal arts institution committed to utilizing the civic arts in developing educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service and qualities of Judeo-Christian character. Approximately twenty-one hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and three off-site locations in East Tennessee.