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Front Page - Friday, January 13, 2023

UTC, Chattanooga State sign applied leadership articulation agreement

Rebecca Ashford, Ph.D., president of Chattanooga State Community College, and Steven Angle, Ph.D., chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, sign the Bachelor of Applied Science: Applied Leadership articulation agreement Jan. 6. - Photo by Angela Foster, UTC

A new Bachelor of Applied Science: Applied Leadership articulation agreement was made official between the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Community College Jan. 6 during a signing ceremony in the University Center’s UC Foundation Room on the UTC campus.

Signed by UTC Chancellor Steven Angle and Chattanooga State Community College President Rebecca Ashford, the articulation agreement guarantees UTC admission to Chattanooga State students who have completed the 60-credit hour Associate of Applied Science in Business concentration.

The agreement lays out a clear path for the remaining 60 course credits to be completed at UTC to receive a BAS-AL degree.

The program’s target audience is working adults and adults between jobs who need a bachelor’s degree for career advancement, a news release from UTC notes.

Launched in fall 2021, the BAS-AL program is housed in the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies. It’s a fully online program created to serve adult learners with previous college, military or work experience who want to complete their undergraduate degrees.

The majority of Chattanooga State students intend to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree, making a seamless transition to a university important, according to the release.

The online component is essential for the program’s success as many adult learners are unable to attend classes on campus during standard business hours due to their jobs, the release continues.

More than a dozen seven-week courses have been created for BAS-AL majors. The program accepts transfer credits, military training and prior learning experience portfolio credit, allowing students to build on previous academic experience.

The BAS-AL program has grown from its inaugural enrollment of 11 to having 53 members in fall 2022 – including its first three graduates during December commencement ceremonies.

David Rausch, Ph.D., associate dean of CHEPS and professor and director of learning and leadership programs at UTC, and Beth Crawford, Ed.D., UC Foundation professor and program adviser, led the program’s conceptualization and design.

Source: UTC