MOU brings more opportunities, benefits to JSCC students

The University of Memphis Lambuth and Jackson State Community College signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday, March 3. The agreement reinforced the plan defined in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway initiative, including the Reverse Transfer option, to increase educational opportunities for students in all traditional transfer programs.

Aiming to increase the relationship between both schools further, the initiative increases transferability from degree programs not historically considered transfer programs in order to better meet workforce needs of West Tennessee.

“This is a great day for us because the University of Memphis is one of the top five schools our students transfer to,” said JSCC President Dr. Allana Hamilton. “So we wanted to make sure schools we enter into agreements like this with are ones that will benefit our students.”

This is the third agreement like this JSCC has entered into this school year after announcing MOUs with UT Martin and Middle Tennessee State University in the fall of 2017.

The agreement will allow students to transfer to Memphis’ campus in the city of Memphis as well as the Lambuth campus in Jackson.

Memphis-Lambuth Vice Provost Dr. Niles Reddick said being able to help make the process simpler for students helps both schools.

“We want to do our part to make sure Jackson State graduates are able to come to our campus or the one in Memphis and continue their education and make that as easy as possible, and it makes sense to do that,” Reddick said.

Reddick also stated that administrators are working to adjust the housing and meal plan system to accommodate JSCC students. This would enable out-of-town students to live and eat on campus just like Memphis-Lambuth students.

JSCC students will be allowed to participate in academically sponsored activities and events at the UofM Lambuth such as University-sponsored art shows, River City Writers Series and UofM Lambuth music entertainment concerts.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance our institution and the partnership between the University of Memphis Lambuth and Jackson State Community College is a wonderful opportunity for both,” said UofM Provost Karen Weddle-West. “Not only will students be confident in transferring to the UofM Lambuth, but they also will have the ability to participate in student activities as well as live in campus housing.”

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