News Conference Tuesday; ASU & Southern Union's Presidents to Sign Concurrent Enrollment Agreement (MOU) That Benefits Students!

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TUESDAY @ 11 a.m.

Media and the public may view the virtual signing via the following link

ASU & Southern Union's Presidents will Host a Virtual News Conference Tuesday to Sign Concurrent Enrollment Agreement (MOU) That Benefits Students!

- Presidents Quinton T. Ross Jr. (ASU) & Todd Shackett (Southern Union) to sign memorandum of understanding

-- Details of agreement released @ Tuesday's virtual news conference

- By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

The Presidents of both Alabama State University (ASU) and Southern Union State Community College (Southern Union) will announce and sign a formal concurrent enrollment articulation agreement - a memorandum of understanding (MOU) - between the two institutions at a joint news conference to be held virtually on Tuesday (January 12) at 11 a.m. via the following link

The agreement between the two schools provides an opportunity for Southern Union students to take courses at both institutions in a seamless pathway that will benefit those students who plan to transfer from Southern Union to ASU.

ASU President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., and Southern Union President, Todd Shackett, will sign an MOU to formalize the agreement that will be positive news for students. Initially, the signing was to be held live on Southern Union's campus, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was moved to Tuesday's live virtual ceremony. 

This will be among the very first virtual signing agreements in 2021 between Alabama institutions of higher education.


Tuesday's MOU will provide students with an opportunity to take credit-bearing courses at Alabama State University and Southern Union concurrently, and provide a smooth transition from an associate’s degree at Southern Union.

“The new program will be called 'Hornets on the Horizon,' which will enhance students opportunities to transition from Southern Union to obtain a bachelor’s degree at ASU. This concurrent enrollment partnership will provide Southern Union students the opportunity to take ASU courses in Biomedical Engineering, Rehabilitation Services, and Forensic Biology,” says Dr. Tanjula Petty, assistant provost of Student Success and Special Initiatives. 

The 'Hornets on the Horizon' program will make it easier for Southern Union State Community College students to transfer to Alabama State University beginning this fall. This is starting out as a pilot program to determine if the University will provide additional programs. The pilot program is limited to 10 students for each program during the 2021-2022 academic year, and the program will only be available to Alabama residents.

“Alabama State University is excited about this opportunity to partner with Southern Union State Community College through the signing of a memorandum of understanding,” said ASU President Ross. “This agreement serves as a bridge that allows students’ a seamless transition from Southern Union and a way to transition smoothly to completing a bachelor’s degree at ASU. The signing is another example of both universities' focus on student success.”

ASU news media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.