Madison Bailey, Correspondent
JSU President Don Killingsworth signed a transfer agreement with Drake State President Patricia Sims on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
The transfer agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding, will help foster a partnership between the two universities by creating a smooth transition for Drake State students when transferring to JSU.
Along with the two university presidents, the virtual signing ceremony included Drake State Dean of Instruction Carolyn Henderson and JSU Vice President of Enrollment Management Emily Messer.
Henderson began the virtual ceremony by explaining what the MOU means for Drake State.
“This agreement will promote a seamless transfer pathway for students at Drake State to continue their education beyond their associate degree,” said Henderson. “This pathway will also provide a reverse transfer opportunity for students at Jacksonville State.”
Henderson mentioned that the agreement is an opportunity for growth and expansion for both universities.
“This MOU is the beginning of a new and profound relationship to help remove any barriers for access, success, and completion for both colleges,” she said.
Sims voiced her excitement for this agreement and the many doors it will open for students at Drake State. She said that Drake State looks forward to developing a “very fruitful relationship” with JSU.
“Dr. Killingworth, thank you for your visionary leadership,” said Sims. “Thank you for seeing the value in our institutions partnering for all students so that they can have an opportunity to pursue their goals and complete their degree.”
Killingsworth expressed his appreciation for Drake State and the newfound agreement between the two universities.
“We want to eliminate any barriers that exist for our students — both [JSU and Drake State] students — because we know that any credential a student may achieve throughout their life helps them in their potential earnings, and it changes their life forever,” said Killingsworth.
Messer also had a few words of gratitude and anticipation to share during the ceremony.
“We look forward to the future of building program-specific pathways for the students of Drake State as they transition to Jacksonville State to become Gamecocks,” said Messer.
Messer explained that Drake State students will have transfer admissions counselors working directly with them. Students will also have transfer scholarship opportunities for JSU.
“We look forward to working with [students] as we develop and continue this partnership as we move towards the future,” she said.