Graduation has come unexpectedly for 341 community college transfer students, thanks to Tennessee’s new reverse transfer program and commitment to helping more students earn college degrees.
The Tennessee Reverse Transfer program, which rolled out at the University of Tennessee this month, makes it possible for students who transferred from a Tennessee community college before earning a two-year degree to retroactively receive that credential when requirements are met in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.
Reliable funding that enables excellence while holding institutions accountable is the single-greatest challenge facing public higher education, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro told a gathering of Nashville business leaders on Wednesday.
UT System President Joe DiPietro and other higher education leaders in the state will participate in a panel discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 24, organized by the Nashville Business Journal at the Omni Hotel in Nashville. The publication’s annual Nashville Ahead conference is headlined by “A Discussion on Higher Education and Workforce Readiness.”
An estimated 1,300 students who transfer each year from Tennessee community colleges to four-year institutions before finishing their associate degrees will soon be able to get that degree credential thanks to “reverse transfer” and a partnership involving every public and a range of private higher education institutions in the state.