MC announces pathways program for transfers

March 16, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications

Maryville College recently announced that it has joined the Tennessee Transfer Pathways Program.

Developed initially in support of the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, the Tennessee Transfer Pathways Program allows every student entering a community college in Tennessee to select one of 50 majors with accompanying transfer pathways, complete required courses, earn an associate’s degree and transition seamlessly as a junior at a Tennessee public university.

The pathways program expanded this year, as institutions in the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) worked to determine which associate’s degrees and coursework would transfer to their respective schools.

“For decades, Maryville College has been an excellent place for graduates of two-year institutions to complete their bachelor’s degrees and prepare for meaningful careers,” said Dr. Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of Maryville College. “We’re excited to join with other four-year colleges and universities to take the guesswork out of the transfer process that so many community college students face.”

Maryville College is now accepting the Tennessee Transfer Pathways developed by the public universities in 10 subject areas, leading to 11 different majors at Maryville College, according to Dr. Sam Overstreet, professor of English and Ralph S. Collins Professor in the Humanities, who guided the pathways process at the College.

“But we also have a larger collection of 25 Maryville College transfer pathways to advise students about what coursework to take at the community college in order to maximize progress toward a four-year Maryville College bachelor’s degree,” he added. “The goal is for the student to complete the bachelor’s degree with two years at the community college and two years at Maryville College.”

The 10 “fully accepted pathways” in which all courses transfer with equivalency include art (studio), business administration, economics, English, mathematics, music, political science, psychology, sociology and Spanish.

For a complete listing, visit the MC website.

Overstreet said if a student at a community college is interested in a major at Maryville College for which the College hasn’t yet posted a transfer pathway, he or she should call the College’s Admissions Office or the chairperson of the division overseeing the major.

“College education is a big and valuable investment, and we want to help students achieve their goals with swift efficiency and with excellence,” he said.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.