Tennessee State University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, has entered into a partnership with Dyersburg State Community College. Under the agreement, students who transfer to Tennessee State before earning an associate’s degree at Dyersburg State Community College can use credits earned at Tennessee State to complete their associate’s degree requirements. This is the first “reverse transfer” agreement made between Tennessee State and any community college.
Dyersburg State Community College is located in the northwestern corner of the state of Tennessee. It enrolls about 3,250 students. African Americans make up 18 percent of the student body.
Sharon Peters, director of the Community College Initiative Program at Tennessee State stated the agreement “helps students attending the university complete their associate’s degree while pursuing a baccalaureate degree. While we encourage our students to earn their four-year degree, we understand that students take multiple routes to completing their education.”
Dr. Peters is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in sociology from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in public administration from Tennessee State University.