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For USC Faculty and Staff: Establishing a Transfer Partnership with MTC

In collaboration with Midlands Technical College (MTC), the University of South Carolina (USC) offers directed transfer tracks to provide students a clear transfer pathway. Students can begin their college career, earn an associate degree, and transfer to the University of South Carolina with minimal transfer credit loss.   

Considerations for Participation 

If you are a faculty member or academic staff representative, please consider the following items as you evaluate if a partnership with MTC is appropriate for your department. 

Midlands Technical College students who meet the admissions requirements for the University and for the academic major and who meet the application deadline are guaranteed admission to the University of South Carolina to continue their degree program. 

Participation in a transfer track will hold prospective students at MTC to a two-year academic map.  If your curriculum is subject to frequent changes, how will your advisors and department manage exceptions to degree completion for these students?

  1. Review your student support services available to both prospective and newly enrolled transfer students.
  2. Identify the number of students currently enrolled who are transfer students from MTC, their USC GPAs, total college credits attempted compared to your freshman students.  
  3. Does your college provide equitable access to financial aid for new transfer students compared to freshman students?
  4. Are there other types of student supports needed to assist new transfer students as they enter a new University campus culture at USC?
  1. Establish a faculty and/or staff contact to initiate, manage, and approve the transfer track with MTC.
  2. Determine who within your college or department will be responsible for monitoring transfer student progress.

Requirements for Participation 

Please review the following required items as you evaluate if a partnership with MTC is an option for your department. 

The program must accept approved courses taught at MTC. To the extent feasible, courses accepted for transfer credit should be equivalent to the first two years of USC curriculum for the bachelor’s degree program.

Transfer pathways identifying course equivalencies must be approved by (with signatures) the MTC Provost, USC Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and the Dean of the USC College/School and Chair of the academic unit offering the corresponding bachelor’s degree program or their designee.  Signed copies of the transfer pathways included in this agreement must be submitted to and will be maintained by the Office of Academic Programs.

All courses offered at MTC included in the pathway must be reviewed annually.

For each program included in this agreement, the respective academic units will meet at least every two years to review the transfer pathway.  Each institution also agreed to notify the other when any changes are made to programs so that transfer pathways can be revised as needed.

USC shall assist with the advisement process by informing MTC of curriculum changes and providing current major maps. Each institution agrees to provide participating students with relevant, current, and sound academic advice for completing the associate’s degree at MTC and the bachelor’s degree program at USC in a timely manner.

USC Points of Contact 

The following USC staff are here to answer questions or assist with considerations for establishing your transfer pathway with MTC. 

Trena Houp, Director for Academic Programs and eLearning, Office of the Provost 

Ph: 803-777-0460 Email:

Jennifer Tilford, Director of Undergraduate Curriculum Management, University Advising Center

Ph: 803-777-1685    Email:

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