Lipscomb University is one of the top universities in the nation for transfer students as it is one of 65 institutions named to the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll. Lipscomb is the only institution in Tennessee to be named to the list.
Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer. In addition to Lipscomb, other institutions selected for the honor roll include Appalachian State University, DePaul University, Kansas State University, Loyola Marymount University, Miami University, Texas Tech University, Ohio State University, University of Alabama, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Kansas and University of Mississippi.
Winners were selected based engagement, collaboration, impact and achievements related to the transfer of community college students as well as partnerships, support, admissions outreach, scholarships/financial aid, student engagement opportunities and institutional priorities, according to a statement released by Phi Theta Kappa.
Last month, Lipscomb announced a partnership with the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission — Lipscomb Promise — to help increase the number of adults with college degrees in Tennessee by offering scholarships, smooth transition for qualified students from Tennessee community colleges to pursue bachelor’s degree.
Among the benefits Lipscomb Promise offers to qualifying students who have successfully completed an associate degree using the Tennessee Promise scholarship program are: $50 application fee to Lipscomb University will be waived; students will receive full-credit transfer for hours taken at a Tennessee community college by selecting one of Lipscomb’s 25+ Tennessee Transfer Pathway degree tracks; and students living on-campus will receive $12,500 ($6,250 per semester) in scholarship and off-campus students will receive a $10,000 ($5,000 per semester) scholarship. Lipscomb University’s tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is $27,472 (block tuition rate for 12-18 hours). Students must maintain full-time status of 12+ hours per semester and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA renewal.
These 65 colleges and universities, which offer exemplary programs, initiatives, and benefits for community college transfers, will be featured in the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Partners in Excellence publication, distributed to higher education leaders nationally.
Phi Theta Kappa CEO Lynn Tincher-Ladner said the new recognition program reflects the growing importance of transfer in helping the U.S. achieve its college completion goals, and will promote further study and sharing of best practices.
“Increasingly, students of all ages and achievement levels are choosing the community college, not only as their first step, but also their first choice, in the pursuit of a quality, affordable bachelor’s degree,” Tincher-Ladner said. “With this designation, we hope to connect community college students with institutions who value their unique transfer experience and prioritize their success.”
Tincher-Ladner added that colleges and universities who provide high-quality transfer programs benefit from the rich perspective and diversity community college students bring to the student body.
"These students are scholars, leaders, global citizens, often with higher grade point averages than students who started at the university,” she said. “In order to ensure their continued success, the Transfer Honor Roll Program identifies colleges and universities that understand the unique needs of community college transfer students and applauds the dynamic pathways these colleges have created to continue fostering student success at the four-year college.”
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