Big Stone Gap, Va., – King University and Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) announced the signing of a reverse transfer agreement between the institutions during a meeting held Monday, March 30, at Mountain Empire’s campus in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Beginning Monday, March 30, 2015, the reverse transfer program will be available to MECC students who have transferred to King University from MECC prior to the completion of their associate degree program.
“It is a blessing to further our partnership with Mountain Empire Community College,” said Dr. Richard Ray, interim president at King University. “This is a tremendous opportunity for students to achieve their dreams of college completion at both the associate and baccalaureate levels.”
Students who have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours toward their associate degree at Mountain Empire Community College and a set number of semester hours at King University may be eligible for the reverse transfer program. “The reverse transfer creates a mechanism to send information to MECC from King so those students who first attended MECC can be awarded their associate degree through remaining course requirements completed at King,” said Dr. Matt Roberts, vice president of Academic Affairs at King University.
The reverse transfer agreement between King University and Mountain Empire Community College will present great opportunities for our students and represents a new partnership between the two institutions,” said Dr. Scott Hamilton, president at Mountain Empire Community College. We have a great working relationship with King University, and this new partnership further enhances that working relationship to benefit all students.”
King University and Mountain Empire Community College have a longstanding partnership in helping students attain their baccalaureate degree. The existing articulation agreement between the two schools is designed to ensure a seamless transition for students transferring from community college to a bachelor’s-level institution.
Currently, King has articulation agreements with ten community colleges — seven in Tennessee and three in Virginia — including Northeast State Community College, Walters State Community College, Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, Nashville State Community College, Volunteer State Community College, Cleveland State Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, Mountain Empire Community College, and Southwest Virginia Community College.
“Reverse transfer is a great opportunity for our students,” said Micah Crews, associate vice president of Enrollment Management at King. “The student earns another credential, and retention rates are higher for students who receive an associate degree through reverse transfer.”
According to a June 2011 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Reverse Transfer Programs Reward Students and Colleges Alike,” authors Donna Ekal and Paula M. Krebs state, “Up go the graduation rates at the community college, up goes the self-esteem of the newly credentialed student, and up goes the retention rate at the university: It's the ultimate win-win situation.”
According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s 2014 Articulation and Transfer Report, among private institutions in Tennessee, King University currently ranks number one in the number of transfers as a percent of the fall undergraduate enrollment for TICUA institutions. In 2013-14, King received the largest number of transfers from public institutions in Tennessee as well as from out-of-state schools.
“King has always enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with Mountain Empire Community College,” said Roberts. “That spirit of cooperation continues with our reverse transfer agreement. As a result of the agreement, MECC will see an increase in its graduation rate, King should see its retention rate increase, and our students will earn a valuable credential on their way to the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Also, this agreement will not only provide for an exceptional education for students, but it will improve economic development for the region.”
King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 80 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.