Dr. Ty Stone, CSCC president, and Dr. Tyler Forrest, TWU president, sign the articulation agreement
Cleveland State Community College and Tennessee Wesleyan University signed an agreement on Monday that will allow a smooth transition for students graduating from the community college to transfer seamlessly to the university to receive their bachelor’s degree.
The agreement allows students studying in the criminal justice program or law enforcement program at CSCC to transfer to TWU to receive their bachelor of science degree in professional leadership in criminal justice. The agreement benefits students completing an associate of science in criminal justice or associate of applied science in law enforcement.
Tyler Forrest, TWU president, said, “Cleveland State remains one of our best partners, and this is just another example of what that partnership can bring. The PLCJ program at TWU and the criminal justice program at Cleveland State have outstanding reputations. It is absolutely worth it to bridge these two institutions. Thank you to Dr. Stone and Cleveland State for making this happen.”
Dr. Ty Stone, CSCC president, said, “We are excited to be working more closely with our friends at Tennessee Wesleyan University. Thank you to the faculty and staff at both institutions for their work and commitment on the articulation agreement. We know this program will lead to a greater pathway for our students and our community.”
Deb Wallace, director of Professional Leadership in Criminal Justice Program, said, “We have a wonderful example of this agreement now. A young lady graduated from Cleveland State in May, and she has been taking courses in PLCJ. Within 15 months, she will have her bachelor’s degree.”
“Having students stay local is great for both colleges as it shows our agencies and organizations that use these services that both colleges can supply their personnel needs. A bachelor's degree from TWU opens doors for the students in state and federal agencies that require more than an associate degree,” said Marcus Easley, Criminal Justice Program director for Cleveland State. “More and more agencies in the criminal justice field are now requiring a four-year degree to be employed. With this agreement, CSCC lays the foundation for these future professionals, and TWU provides the finished product.”
Pictured, left to right: Brian Gerber, CSCC associate professor of communications; Dr. Ryan Thompson, CSCC dean of humanities and social sciences; Dr. Michele Wollert, CSCC coordinator of academic advising and transfer articulation; Dr. Willie Thomas, CSCC chief of staff; Dr. Marcus Easley, CSCC criminal justice instructor; Dr. Corey Campbell, CSCC vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Ty Stone, CSCC president; Dr. Tyler Forrest, TWU president; Deb Wallace, TWU director of professional leadership in criminal justice; and Dr. Grant Willhite, TWU vice president for academic affairs.