|U of M, Jackson State Ensure Seamless Transfer of Students' Credits
For release: Jan. 17, 2006
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An "articulation agreement" between Jackson State Community College and the University of Memphis will be signed by the presidents of the two schools Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 9 a.m. in the president's conference room on the JSCC campus.
The agreement formalizes what has been a working arrangement between the U of M and Jackson State for a number of years. An articulation agreement governs the coordination of all aspects of degree programs in which a student might participate at the two campuses, especially the transfer of class credits. Typically, a student begins work at the community college and, two years later, transfers those credits to the four-year institution.
Jackson State and the U of M already have formal articulation agreements for the engineering technology and the baccalaureate nursing programs.
Dr. Shirley C. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, said, "The agreement we have signed today formalizes a practice that has been observed for decades, ensuring that West Tennessee students can enjoy the convenience of the Jackson State campus to begin their studies, safe in the knowledge that their credits will transfer completely and easily to the University of Memphis. Further, our cooperation with Jackson State Community College means that students can actually remain on this campus, taking University of Memphis courses at the U of M's Jackson Center, which is located at Jackson State.
"Both the University of Memphis and Jackson State Community College are committed to making a fine education as accessible as possible to students throughout West Tennessee."
Dr. Bruce Blanding, president of Jackson State Community College, said, "The presence of the University of Memphis on our campus is such a convenience to our students. They can experience a seamless transition from a Jackson State associate's degree to a U of M bachelor's degree without ever leaving the familiar setting of the Jackson State campus. The unique cooperation between our two institutions benefits everyone, but most of all the students, and we are most proud of that."
The U of M presence in West Tennessee outside Memphis originated in 1955, when then-Memphis State University began offering classes to meet the needs of public school teachers. Taught in the communities of Bolivar, Brownsville, Camden, Henderson, Humboldt, Lexington, Selmer, Somerville, and Trenton, the classes enabled teachers to complete their undergraduate degrees, renew their teaching licenses, add to their professional development, or pursue graduate courses in education.
In 1972, MSU consolidated its West Tennessee programs on the campus of Lambuth College. Several years later, it moved the consolidated program to the campus of Jackson State Community College, a sister school within the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
From modest beginnings, the elementary education program has grown to become one of the school's most popular programs. Enrollment in the fall of 2005 was 381. The Jackson Center of the University of Memphis now offers seven undergraduate degree programs and four graduate programs. Total enrollment at the Jackson Center last fall was 729.
For more information about programs offered through the Jackson Center, call 731-427-4725.
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