The Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 revises provisions of present law governing higher education in this state.
The legislation requires the development of a statewide plan for the continued development of public higher education opportunities, new policies and guidelines for funding, and a cooperative transfer system aiding students in the transition from community colleges to state colleges and universities.
The Commission shall develop a statewide master plan for future development of public universities, community colleges and technology centers with input from the board of regents and the University of Tennessee board of trustees. The commission shall engage public universities, community colleges and technology centers for input during the creation of the master plan. The commission shall construct a statewide master plan that directs higher education to be accountable for increasing the educational attainment levels of Tennesseans. This master plan shall be reviewed and revised as deemed appropriate by the commission. (SECTION 3. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 49-7-202 (1))
The commission shall develop a university tract program within the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee board of regents systems consisting of sixty (60) hours of instruction that can be transferred and applied toward the requirements for a bachelor's degree at the public universities.
The tract shall consist of forty-one (41) hours of general education courses instruction and nineteen (19) hours of pre-major courses instruction, or elective courses instruction that count toward a major, as prescribed by the commission, which shall consider the views of chief academic officers and faculty senates of the respective campuses. Courses in the university tract program shall transfer and apply toward the requirements for graduation with a bachelor's degree at all public universities.
(SECTION 4. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 49-7-202 (e)(1))
Notwithstanding any law or rule to the contrary, the commission in consultation with the board of regents and the University of Tennessee board of trustees, shall develop policies under which any person who satisfies the admissions requirements of any two-year institution governed by the board of regents and any four-year institution governed by the board of regents or the University of Tennessee board of trustees may be admitted to both such institutions. These policies shall be adopted and implemented by the board of regents and the University of Tennessee board of trustees no later than July 1, 2010.
(SECTION 6. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 49-7-202 (g))
The Tennessee Tech University (TTU) Dual Admission Program (DAP) is available to students transitioning to TTU from a community college.
Dual admission facilitates student transfer after Associate Degree completion. A community college and a university can concurrently admit a student meeting admission requirements for both institutions. The dually-admitted student has the advising and student service benefits of both institutions and can enroll in classes offered by each.
This program offers community college students a guided, structured approach for completion of an Associate's Degree and, ultimately, a Bachelor's Degree. Dually admitted students first enroll at a community college, complete the Associate's Degree (A.A., A.S., or A.S.T.) and then pursue a Bachelor's Degree at Tennessee Tech. This program will ease the transfer process and foster students' academic success.
Students have direct contact with both the community college and TTU faculty and staff throughout the program which enhances advisement and provides transition support services. Agreements between community colleges and Tennessee Tech University means double the support for students striving to earn a college degree.
Chattanooga State Community College
Cleveland State Community College
Nashville State Community College
Roane State Community College
Volunteer State Community College
Dual Admissions Partnerships Pending with these Tennessee Community Colleges:
Motlow State Community College
Northeast State Community College
A "transfer pathway" lists the general requirements and area of emphasis requirements as students move from a community college to a university.
A typical pathway curriculum for a major comprises 60 credit hours of course work, including 41 credit hours of General Education Requirements and 19 credit hours of Area of Emphasis Requirements. Following these pathways and taking the listed courses will help assure that community college students do not have difficulties transferring courses or have to repeat courses.