Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: May 6, 2010

For more information contact, Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Middle Tennessee State University Sign a Memorandum of Understanding Streamlining Student Transfers

President Nathan L. Essex of Southwest Tennessee Community College (Southwest), the largest two-year college in the state of Tennessee, and President Sidney A. McPhee of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee, met on May 5 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), a formal agreement that will assist students in transferring from Southwest to MTSU.

In a statement during the signing, President McPhee emphasized that in light of legislation passed in January, there is a greater emphasis and focus on transferring, articulation and access in providing opportunities for citizens to receive associate and undergraduate degrees.

This agreement will facilitate a seamless transfer for Southwest students wanting to attend MTSU. Courses currently considered in the agreement are those transferable to the Recording Industry, Business Administration, Education, and Aerospace programs at MTSU.

Regarding the significance for Southwest students, President Essex said, "The obvious advantage is that our students are going to have increased access. Our emphasis throughout the state right now is retention and graduation. So, to have this kind of partnership with a wonderful institution such as MTSU simply means that our students will have increased opportunities to get scholarship support, and be able to pursue advanced degrees beyond the community college level based on this partnership."

MTSU President McPhee also stressed scholarship opportunities as well as the ease of the transfer process for Southwest students. "We are going to be looking at providing special scholarships for these students, connecting them to our Honors College, providing a better transition and taking the hassle out of the transfer process. And so we are really excited. We get great students out of Memphis and from Southwest. We only see this as strengthening our relationship and partnership," said McPhee.


Photo caption: MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee (left) and Southwest President Nathan L. Essex (seated) sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.

Photo caption: Pictured are (seated left to right): MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Southwest President Nathan L. Essex; (standing left to right) MTSU President Emeritus Sam Ingram, Southwest V.P. Carol Tosh, MTSU Associate V.P. Tonjanita L. Johnson, Southwest Provost and Exec. V.P. Joanne Bassett, Exec. Asst. to the President Sherman Greer, and V.P. Karen Nippert of Southwest.