CSCC Signs Honors Articulation Agreement with UTK

CSCC Signs Honors Articulation Agreement with UTK

Holly Vincent
Monday, November 19, 2018 12:00 AM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Cleveland State Community College recently became the first community college to sign an Honor’s articulation agreement with the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK). The agreement was signed on Friday, November 16 on the UTK campus.

This agreement states that students who complete our Honors program and earn the Honors diploma at Cleveland State can automatically articulate into the Honors College at UTK, if they want to continue Honors education during their junior and senior years. To do this, students must complete all Honors course requirements on their specific Honors track, write a Capstone research project, and complete an intensive Leadership Development course--all while maintaining at least a 3.25 GPA. 

Former CSCC student and Polk County High School graduate Sydnee McAbee is the first student to take advantage of the agreement. In her first semester at UTK, McAbee is a Pre-Dental / Evolutionary Ecology and Biology major. 

“I had a really positive experience at CSCC, and had a lot of opportunities come through the honors program,” stated McAbee. “It was a community that I felt really involved in, and UT’s campus is huge, but by joining the honors program, it makes the campus feel a little bit smaller.”

McAbee continued, “CSCC really prepared me for UT, especially my Capstone project. I’m a research assistant now, and I wouldn’t have had the opportunity had I not done the Capstone project and had research experience at CSCC.”

Dr. Victoria Bryan, Honors Program Director, said, “I'm so excited about this agreement! Each agreement like this that we're able to secure shows our students that universities in our state recognize and respect the work they're doing as Honors Scholars at Cleveland State. At our school, Honors status isn't just a recognition; it's something students work very hard to maintain. The program isn't easy to complete. It pushes our students to think hard about their role as a leader and scholar on our campus and in our community. I value giving our students insight into the fact that schools outside of Cleveland respect the work they're doing.”


Dr. Bill Seymour, said, “At CSCC, we really have an amazing success story happening with our honors program. Back in 2014-2015, we had a very important strategic plan of enhancing our Honors Program because we knew that the Tennessee Promise was going to bring us great diversity of students, including some very good students who wanted to take advantage of that program. Dr. Bryan has been leading that program for a few years, and it is now robust, dynamic and exciting.”

Dr. Wayne Davis, Interim Chancellor of UT, stated, “I’m very excited about the program. We hope to mimic this program in the future possibly with other community colleges. I think it’s great that we were able to work this out with CSCC since we are not that far apart. The idea that we would have students that would come through CSCC and come here through our honors program is very exciting.”

In addition to UTK, Cleveland State’s Honors Program now has articulation agreements with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).

Pictured: Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC President, Former CSCC Honors Program Student / Current UTK Honors Program Student Sydnee McAbee, and Dr. Wayne Davis, Interim Chancellor, UTK.


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