Clearing the path to a bachelor's degree

It took over a year and involved over 400 faculty members, but Tennessee's Universal Transfer Pathways are ready.  This is a great step but the problem comes when students complete an AAS degree and then decide to transfer.  That pathway is cluttered.  The link to the pathways can be found here.

TBR, UT Announce 50 Guaranteed Transfer Pathways between Community Colleges and Universities
Community college students who want to complete a bachelor’s degree now have a guarantee that their credits will transfer to a public university in Tennessee, if they choose one of 50 different majors offering transfer pathways.

The Tennessee Board of Regents and the UT systems have collaborated to create 50 “Tennessee Transfer Pathways” for timely and cost-effective transitioning from a two- to four-year degree. All pathways are effective for the fall 2011 semester.

Every student entering a community college in Tennessee now can select one of 50 majors with accompanying transfer pathways, complete required courses, earn an associate’s degree and transition seamlessly as a junior at a Tennessee public university. All earned credit hours will apply toward a bachelor’s degree in the same discipline.

If followed exactly, the pathways also guarantee admission to all public universities in the state, except for UT Knoxville. The Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, which outlined the transfer pathway model, requires that admission to UT Knoxville “remain competitive.”

“This is among the single-most important achievements in recent years to increase the number of Tennesseans with four-year degrees,” UT President Joe DiPietro said. “We were involved every step of the way in creation of the Complete College legislation and are confident in its potential to significantly enhance the state’s workforce and attract new business to Tennessee.”


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