The presidents of MTSU and Nashville State Community College signed an agreement March 14 to make it easier for students to earn degrees from both institutions.
MTSU’s Dr. Sidney A. McPhee and Nashville State’s Dr. George Van Allen officially authorized a Concurrent Enrollment and Reverse Transfer Agreement to ease the processes between the two Tennessee Board of Regents institutions and encourage students’ academic success.
The signing took place on the NSCC campus in Nashville. It expands on an already-established Dual Admission Program between the two institutions, which provides advising, registration priority and admission to MTSU while the student is still at NSCC.
MTSU also has established dual-admission programs with Chattanooga State, Dyersburg State and Motlow State community colleges.
“We already have a strong partnership with Nashville State and welcome this opportunity to strengthen it,” McPhee said. “MTSU is the No. 1 destination of transfer students in Tennessee, and this agreement makes it even easier for Nashville State students to attend our University.”
The “concurrent enrollment” aspect of the new agreementallows students to enroll for classes at both institutions simultaneously and get financial aid for the total number of credits if needed. This will help community college students in selected majors to enroll in other required lower-division courses that are currently offered only at MTSU, such as nutrition, interior design and Concrete Industry Management.
The “reverse transfer” portion of the plan gives former NSCC students, who enrolled at MTSU without receiving an NSCC associate’s degree, the opportunity to transfer MTSU credits back to NSCC and receive a two-year diploma.
Students must meet certain criteria to be eligible for the new partnership with NSCC, including meeting admissions standards for MTSU