East Mississippi Community College President Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, seated at right, and University of West Alabama President Dr. Ken Tucker, seated at left, sign a memorandum of understanding that guarantees admission to UWA for all EMCC students with a grade point average of a 2.0 or higher. EMCC Executive Director of College Advancement & Athletics Marcus Wood, back row, second from right, was among those in attendance. Others pictured are EMCC employees who graduated from UWA. They are, back row, from left: math instructor Jonathan Woodruff; biology instructor Ashley Richardson; biology instructor Jairus Johnson; English instructor Janet Briggs; English instructor Derrick Conner; Communiversity Executive Director Dr. Courtney Taylor; and Associate Dean of Instruction and Interim Vice President of Instruction James Rush.

January 30, 2020

The University of West Alabama and East Mississippi Community College signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday, Jan. 27 to formalize transfer opportunities for EMCC students who wish to continue their postsecondary education at UWA.         

The agreement guarantees admission to UWA for all EMCC students with a grade point average of a 2.0 or higher. UWA will honor course credit for up to 45 hours of transferable credit hours from the community college level. Similarly, the partnership provides affordable access to higher education opportunities for Mississippi students through a dedicated academic and housing scholarship program.

“We are excited to expand our current partnership with The University of West Alabama,” said Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, EMCC President. “With the rising cost of postsecondary education, this partnership with UWA provides a meaningful opportunity for EMCC students to obtain a baccalaureate degree without amassing a lot of student debt. Partnerships between the community college system and the university system year are a great way to ensure students seamlessly transfer from one institution to the next with appropriate advising and supportive services.”

“Providing a pathway for students to further their education, thereby enhancing their quality of life, is at the forefront of UWA’s mission,” said Dr. Ken Tucker, UWA President. “The structure of this partnership helps students navigate the transfer process while finding the educational opportunities at UWA that best fit their already successful paths at EMCC. We want students to be equipped to make a meaningful contribution to the workforce and their respective communities, and through partnerships like this one with EMCC, we can ensure that students gain the experiences, skills, and knowledge they need for a lifetime of success.”

East Mississippi Community College is an open admission, publicly supported two-year institution that specializes in providing university-transfer, career-technical, and workforce programs that are accessible and affordable. EMCC was specifically created to serve the needs of Clay, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Noxubee, and Oktibbeha counties. For more information, visit www.eastms.edu.

The University of West Alabama is a regional, state-supported, coeducational institution committed to providing quality education programs for both traditional and non-traditional students. Visit www.uwa.edu for more information.