We are making some changes to help community college students transfer more easily to UT.
We want to increase our enrollment of well-prepared transfer students, and we want students who transfer to UT to use their time at community colleges wisely so that all their courses will count toward their intended four-year degree.
This past fall, we admitted 1,200 transfer students, but only 260 had associate’s degrees. We’d like to see that number rise—and we expect that it will, as students take advantage of the new Tennessee Promise Scholarship program that guarantees two free years of community college to the state’s graduating high school seniors.
Last fall, the Board of Trustees approved a new memorandum of understanding that outlines the requirements Tennessee community college students must meet to be guaranteed admission to UT. Those who have completed their associate’s degrees within two years of applying to UT are guaranteed admission if they have 60 transferable credit hours—45 of which were earned at the community college—and a 3.0 grade point average.
We’re now in the process of designing transfer transition guides, eight-semester plans that provide details about transferable academic credit and academic preparation based on the major that student plans to pursue. In some cases, these plans outline specific courses to take. They also advise students on how to best choose electives.
We’ve already rolled out eight-semester plans for Pellissippi State Community College. We will soon introduce plans for Roane State Community College and Walters State Community College.
Starting this summer, transfer students also will have the benefit of using uTrack. This system provides a road map for each major so students can see which academic courses they must complete and when they must complete them to graduate on time. The system alerts students if they get off track with their coursework or grades so they can develop a plan to catch up or, if necessary, change to a more achievable major.
To encourage this effort, we’ve created a transfer team in our undergraduate admissions office. Associate Director Connie Harmon chairs the team, which includes Larry Long, assistant director of transfer recruitment, and will also include three regional recruiters. A Middle Tennessee recruiter has been hired, a West Tennessee recruiter search is underway, and an East Tennessee recruiter will be hired later this spring.