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East Tennessee State University, EHS reach agreement to guarantee admission of students

Left to Right: Terry Smith, Dr. Bert Bach, Dr. Corey Gardenhour
Posted On: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Photo courtesy of Charlie Warden-ETSU: 

New opportunities are available to our students working toward a Bartleby diploma seal upon graduation from Elizabethton High School as officials at East Tennessee State University signed an agreement Monday guaranteeing admission for Bartleby program participants. 

The partnership between Elizabethton High School, ETSU’s Office of Admissions in the Division of Enrollment Services and the Division of Student Affairs, will begin fall 2019 when Bartleby students can participate in dual enrollment and leadership development opportunities. The university will also offer additional dual enrollment scholarships for qualifying students. And, to align with the Bartleby program’s goal to build leadership skills to benefit students’ lives, their community and their futures, ETSU’s Division of Student Affairs will host a high school leadership summit for Bartleby students next year.

In 2016, students at Elizabethton High School submitted a successful proposal to establish the Bartleby Program and was named one of 18 XQ Super Schools in the country in 2017, when the program began to expand and reach every student. Students who complete a set of requirements receive a special seal on their diplomas as a symbol of demonstrated excellence and preparedness for college.

 “ETSU supports and shares the values of the Bartleby program and we are excited to offer opportunities for outstanding students on the pathway to success,” said Dr. Bert Bach, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at ETSU. 

Elizabethton High School students with the Bartleby seal will benefit from the following with ETSU starting in the fall of 2019:

- Guaranteed admission

- Waived application fee (for both dual enrollment students and first-time freshmen)

- Discounted dual enrollment classes

- Teacher and student leadership summit in 2019

Students dually enrolled at ETSU may also choose to participate in Buc Start, a predetermined set of course pathways that allow students to obtain up to 24 hours, or two semesters’ worth of college credit prior to entering college as a full-time student. There are over 12 pathway-focused course plans available to choose from such as digital media, health sciences and computing.

“Through this partnership we aim to help students successfully transition to college by starting their path toward a degree before they graduate high school,” added Dr. Ramona Williams, director of Admissions.

Elizabethton High School is thrilled to partner with ETSU starting in fall of 2019. Maggie Donnellan, community partners coordinator for The Bartleby Program, says of the agreement, “It’s all for the students. Everything we do, whether it’s in the community or in the school, everything we do here is to benefit the students. ETSU sees that, and wants to include our students in their university in the same way they are involved here. They want our graduates who are most equipt for the outside world.”

For more information about ETSU, please visit www.etsu.edu. To learn more about Bartleby and EHS, please visit www.ecschools.net.

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