Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: June 15, 2010

For more information contact, Brenda J. Rayner (901) 333-4247

Southwest Tennessee Community College and UT Knoxville Sign an Articulation Agreement Streamlining the Transfer of Southwest Graduates to UT Knoxville

An articulation agreement, a contract that's been in the making for years, was signed by Provost/Executive Vice President Joanne Bassett of Southwest Tennessee Community College, the largest two-year college in the state of Tennessee and Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Sally McMillan of the University Tennessee at Knoxville, the largest undergraduate and graduate university in Tennessee. "We are hoping that this will be a vital pipeline for students from Memphis and West Tennessee to pursue their baccalaureate and continue their higher education at Knoxville. We believe we have a unique and outstanding research university capacity that we want to be fully available and acceptable to our students from Southwest," said Rita S. Geier, associate to the chancellor of UT Knoxville.

The articulation agreement streamlines the transfer process for Southwest students wanting to attend UT Knoxville. Initially, articulation agreements were signed for sociology, psychology, history and business and will be enforced starting the fall 2010 semester. Additional majors are being considered and should be added later.

Dr. Bassett said of the agreement, "This is a new opportunity for our students to continue their higher education. These students are guaranteed admission to UT Knoxville when they complete their Southwest degrees and some scholarship opportunities are available. UT Knoxville is a very prestigious school."

Regarding the specific measures that were taken to ensure that the transfer process to UT Knoxville is easier and more appealing for Southwest students, Dr. McMillan commented, "The thing that will be easier is that we have agreed on the front end about what courses they need to take as part of their associate degree, so that by the time they get to the University of Tennessee, they won't have to take any general education courses. They will be ready to start as juniors in their majors and be able to finish. That's really the heart of the articulation agreement. That's the big thing that we've been working through." said McMillan.

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Photo Caption: Dr. Sally McMillan (left) and Dr Joanne Bassett (right) sign a historical, long-awaited Articulation Transfer Agreement between Southwest and UT Knoxville.