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Northeast State, Tusculum sign dual enrollment deal

Staff report • Oct 22, 2018 at 8:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE – Northeast State and Tusculum University leaders signed on Monday a dual enrollment agreement that will allow Northeast State students with an associate’s degree to complete their bachelor’s degree at Tusculum.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students to further their educational goals,” Northeast State interim President James King said. “We have an excellent relationship with Tusculum … we’re in a new era of community colleges … with this agreement, (students) have a great opportunity to get a great degree at Tusculum University at a lower cost their first two years.”

What does the agreement mean?

Northeast State students who fulfill the requirements of the dual enrollment program are guaranteed acceptance to Tusculum. However, some majors might carry additional application and program admission requirements, according to a release.

To be eligible for the dual enrollment program, students must plan to pursue an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree — and meet Northeast State’s admission requirements. Those already enrolled at Northeast State can still apply for the program as long as they have no more than 29 credit hours and meet grade point average requirements. Northeast State will refer students to “appropriate Tusculum campus contacts” during their first semester enrolled in the program, the release also noted.

Why did Tusculum want the agreement?

Tusculum President James Hurley noted the agreement is a way for Northeast Tennessee students to stay in the region.

“It is very clear Northeast State is doing a tremendous job attracting some of the best talent in East Tennessee,” Hurley said. “ … A lot of students are choosing to go to community college first and that is not a bad thing. … We are one of the most affordable private schools not only in Tennessee but in the entire South. … My biggest concern for East Tennessee is being able to stop or minimize the brain drain syndrome. For every great student we lose out of East Tennessee, we have to work twice as hard to bring in a student to replace. … That’s not a win-win. … If we recruit them in the mountains, if we train them in the mountains, they will stay in the mountains.”

For more, go to www.tusculum.edu or www.northeaststate.edu.

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