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APSU, Nashville State to sign dual admissions agreement

Students at Nashville State Community College who wish to enroll at Austin Peay State University after earning their associate degree will be able to transfer with ease, in large part due to a new dual admissions agreement between the two postsecondary institutions.

Leaders from both APSU and Nashville State will sign the dual admissions agreement, known as the Austin Peay Guarantee, during a press conference at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 5 at Nashville State’s campus. The agreement signing is open to the public.

Students at Nashville State Community College who wish to enroll at Austin Peay State University after earning their associate degree will be able to transfer with ease, in large part due to a new dual admissions agreement between the two postsecondary institutions.

Leaders from both APSU and Nashville State will sign the dual admissions agreement, known as the Austin Peay Guarantee, during a press conference at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 5 at Nashville State’s campus. The agreement signing is open to the public.

“Over the years, Nashville State has sent us great students, and I’m happy to see our two institutions take this new step, which will pave the way for other students in the future,” APSU President Tim Hall said.

“The program gives students a clear path to their educational goal. There are no longer questions about will I be admitted or will my courses transfer,” Nashville State President Dr. George Van Allen said. “The program represents an attempt to clarify a common practice rather than a major change on how we work together for the benefit of the students.  A lot of the so-called transfer problems had been exaggerated."

The dual admissions agreement offers Nashville State students the advantage of a structured approach for completion of the associate degree followed by enrollment to pursue the baccalaureate degree.

A dually admitted student first enrolls at Nashville State. Upon completion of the A.S. or A.A. transfer degree, the student then will enroll at APSU to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Each student under this agreement is advised by both Nashville State and APSU, assuring a seamless transition from Nashville State to APSU.    

A Nashville State student can begin the process to enter into a dual admissions agreement at any time while enrolled at Nashville State.

“This can be right after they graduate from high school or when they start community college or as they progress,” said Ryan Forsythe, director of admissions at APSU.

The dual admissions agreement is applicable for Nashville State students wanting to pursue any academic discipline at APSU.

For more information about dual admissions agreements between Nashville State Community College and APSU, call Ryan Forsythe at (931) 221-7015 or e-mail at forsyther@apsu.edu. -- Melony Shemberger