DSCC and UT Martin to sign agreement
Posted: Friday, October 9, 2009 1:43 pm
The Messenger 10.09.09
The official signing of a dual admission agreement between Dyersburg State Community College and the University of Tennessee at Martin for new agricultural science, kindergarten through sixth and early childhood education programs will be held Monday in Room 142 of the Learning Resource Center on the DSCC Dyersburg campus.
UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes and DSCC President Karen Bowyer will each sign the agreement as representatives of their institutions.
Dual admission programs allow a student to complete an associate’s degree at DSCC and then finish their bachelor’s degree at UT Martin.
“Implementation of the dual admission concept will allow students to confidently move from an associate degree program to a baccalaureate program, knowing they are on the right track every step of the way,” Ms. Bowyer said. “Advisors from Dyersburg State Community College and UT Martin will be available to help students from day one. The dual admission programs in agriculture, early childhood education and K-6 education will encourage students to make an early decision about their career plans. This initiative is an indicator of the cooperative spirit that exists between our two institutions. The opportunities offered by this special partnership will encourage more students to complete the associate and bachelor’s degrees and enhance the workforce of this region.”
“This partnership is an example of the many ways higher education institutions are sharing resources and programs to help students,” Rakes said. “We value our links with Dyersburg State Community College and others as we all strive to improve student success and access to quality post-secondary academic programs and services. This linkage will open doors for students to more easily access a high quality UT Martin education and pave the way toward even more collaborative program offerings in the future.”
To apply for dual admission, a student must plan on pursuing a bachelor’s degree, meet the admissions criteria for DSCC, have 29 or fewer college-level semester hours and have a grade point average of 2.0 or better. Once enrolled in the dual admission program, a student must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0.
Dual admission programs offer students many benefits. Participating students will have a clearly outlined course of study laid out semester by semester. They will be assured that their coursework will transfer as a part of their chosen degree program. Students will get to know their UTM academic advisers and staff even before they start at the university because they will receive advising from both schools during their first two years.
For more information, contact the DSCC Office of Admissions and Records at (731) 286-3350.