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Milligan, Northeast State announce new transfer agreement

Dr. Janice H. Gilliam of Northeast State and Dr. Donald R. Jeanes of Milligan College

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (November 13, 2009) – A new transfer agreement between Milligan College and Northeast State Community College puts a bachelor’s degree within reach for more students throughout the region, more quickly and more affordably.

The agreement was signed on Friday afternoon at Milligan by the presidents of both institutions, Dr. Donald R. Jeanes of Milligan College and Dr. Janice H. Gilliam of Northeast State.

The articulation agreement allows Northeast students who have completed the associate of arts or the associate of science degree program in accordance with Northeast State/Milligan general education requirements or advisory tracks to be admitted to Milligan as a junior. This creates a smoother transition by eliminating the sometimes costly and time consuming duplication of courses and puts Northeast graduates on track to a successful experience at Milligan.

“Milligan has had a long-standing partnership with Northeast State in several areas, including business and nursing,” said Jeanes. “The new agreement includes other areas of study which have been evaluated on a course-by-course basis to ensure all credits transfer, thus providing a smoother transition for students.”

In addition to articulating general education requirements, advisory tracks by major listed in the agreement include accounting, applied finance and accounting, business administration and computer information systems.

Milligan first partnered with Northeast State in the mid-1990s. In 2005, the institutions revised the agreement to help meet the critical nursing shortage in the region.

The nursing agreement enables students who are completing the associate of science degree program with an emphasis in nursing at Northeast State to get a head start on a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Milligan by taking two semesters of dual enrollment courses at Milligan prior to entering the BSN program.

In 2008, Milligan again partnered with Northeast State on a parallel program designed for students who intend to apply to Milligan’s graduate level degree program in occupational therapy. The parallel program provides Northeast students with the health-related courses needed for acceptance to the occupational therapy program before they progress to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

“These partnerships are part of Milligan’s commitment to helping transfer students complete their education,” said Sue Skidmore, associate dean and registrar. “The articulation agreement ensures that students who are interested in transferring to Milligan are equipped with the necessary prerequisites early on.”

In the fall of 2009, transfer students made up approximately 30 percent of the new-student population at Milligan. The college offers merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, and state and federal aid programs for transfer students.

For additional information about the Milligan/Northeast State transfer programs, students may contact their Northeast State advisor or the Milligan College Admissions Office at 423.461.8730.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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