Just a few years ago UTC was the hot regional university in the state, just like Chattanooga was the hot city. Not so much, now, evidently. We've been a little more successful with dual admissions here at ETSU. Like six fold. From The Chattanooga Times Free Press.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has launched several programs in an attempt to reverse a drop in enrollment tied to Gov. Bill Haslam's Tennessee Promise scholarship.
Tennessee Promise offers two-year college scholarships to students who meet a forgiving set of minimum requirements, a policy that officials say has shifted college enrollees away from traditional four-year universities and toward two-year community colleges.
In response to a drop in enrollment in 2015, UTC officials moved to partner up with local two-year colleges in an effort to lure students back toward a four-year education.
UTC has established dual admission programs with Chattanooga State Community College, Cleveland State Community College and Motlow State Community College.
"Thinking in terms of the Tennessee Promise, we have specifically looked at ways to strengthen our relationships with local community colleges," said Chuck Cantrell, associate vice chancellor of communication at UTC.
Dual admission students are enrolled at both the community college they are attending, as well as UTC. The move is aimed at allowing students to complete their two-year degree, then "step onto UTC's campus to finish a four-year degree," said Cantrell.
Dual admission students are also allowed to participate in student life activities on both campuses, such as sporting events and concerts, making the transition appear seamless, Cantrell said.
Currently, there are 17 students who have officially enrolled in the dual admissions program. There are also many more students enrolled at Chattanooga State who are pursuing a transfer path, Cantrell said.
"Chattanooga State Community College has been our top feeder for transfer students for many years," he said. For 2015, UTC had a total of 901 transfers from two-year and four-year colleges.
Meanwhile, UTC and Cleveland State have had meetings throughout the summer about an articulation agreement in engineering that would allow students to apply credits earned at one school to a program at another school.