A Direct Path from Vol State to University Programs

Submitted on January 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Community college students who want to complete a bachelor's degree now have a guarantee that their credits will transfer to a public university in Tennessee, if they choose one of 50 different majors offering transfer pathways. Volunteer State Community College is part of the program.

The University of Tennessee (UT) and Tennessee Board of Regents TBR) systems have collaborated to create 50 "Tennessee Transfer Pathways" for timely and cost-effective transitioning from a two- to four-year degree. Every student entering a community college in Tennessee now can select one of 50 majors with accompanying transfer pathways, complete required courses, earn an associate's degree and transition seamlessly as a junior at a Tennessee public university. All earned credit hours will apply toward a bachelor's degree in the same discipline.

If followed exactly, the pathways also guarantee admission to all public universities in the state, except for UT Knoxville. The Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, which outlined the transfer pathway model, requires that admission to UT Knoxville "remain competitive."

The 50 pathways were chosen based on transfer data. They include programs such as business administration, engineering, nursing, agriculture and criminal justice, among many others. A complete listing is available at: www.tntransferpathway.org.

Schools participating in the transfer pathways program include TBR's 13 community colleges and six universities and UT's three undergraduate campuses in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Martin. Not all schools have the demand or resources needed to offer all 50 pathways, but advisors are being trained to identify the best options for students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree. A listing of schools and pathways offered is included on the above-referenced website.

To ensure transfer, pathways must be followed exactly, and substitutions will not be accepted. Students who change pathways or majors are not guaranteed all courses will apply.

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