Mercer University, Southern Crescent Technical College Sign New Transfer Articulation Agreement

Date Posted: May 21, 2021
SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas, seated center left, and Mercer University President William D. Underwood, seated center right, sign multiple articulation agreements for seamless transfer opportunities.

Mercer University and Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) recently signed a new transfer articulation agreement through 2024.

“Through the continuation of this second decade of partnership, Mercer and SCTC are providing greater access to education throughout the state of Georgia and the Metro Atlanta region. We say, ‘At Mercer, everyone majors in changing the world,’ and this agreement will continue to assist our graduates in making great strides to improve their own lives and their communities,” said Dr. Penny L. Elkins, senior vice president for enrollment management at Mercer.

Under the terms of the agreement, SCTC students enrolled in eligible associate degree programs may pursue bachelor’s degrees from Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or Mercer’s College of Professional Advancement in more than a dozen different academic majors, including communication, criminal justice leadership, health informatics, healthcare leadership, homeland security and emergency management, human resources administration and development, human services, information technology and informatics, liberal studies, organizational leadership, psychology, software application development and human computer interaction, and more.

“We have enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Mercer University, and we are excited to add this agreement to our growing list of seamless transfer options,” said SCTC President Dr. Alvetta P. Thomas. “As we strive to expand opportunities to assist our students in reaching their educational goals, these agreements not only benefit our students, but also our institution and the communities we serve by providing accessible pathways for our graduates who wish to continue their studies to earn a bachelor’s degree. This partnership and the expanded education offerings it provides demonstrate the commitment both institutions have to creating meaningful educational opportunities for our students. At the end of the day, it is our goal to create strong partnerships in order to build strong students, strong careers and strong communities.”

The agreement also includes a number of measures that will strengthen the partnership between the institutions to support the efficient and smooth transition of qualified SCTC students into bachelor’s degree programs at Mercer.

“Our MercerNext pathways program was created to facilitate our articulation agreements with Southern Crescent Technical College and all of our Technical College System of Georgia partner schools,” added Theo Anderson Jr., assistant vice president of enrollment management for Mercer’s Atlanta campus and Regional Academic Centers. “Through our MercerNext pathways program, we will actively engage students at Southern Crescent Technical College through events hosted on both of our campuses designed to educate them on the academic pathways and support that is available to them at Mercer that will build upon their associate degrees. This is a great opportunity for students to further their education, advance in their chosen career field and ultimately maximize their earning potential.”

Representatives of Mercer and SCTC gathered at the University’s Henry County Regional Academic Center in McDonough on May 18 for a formal signing of the agreement.


About Southern Crescent Technical College

Southern Crescent Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and serves the workforce and community needs of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties.  Currently offering over 200 programs of study in the areas of allied health, business, computers, film technology, public safety, professional services, and technical and industrial training, Southern Crescent Technical College takes pride in preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce. From short certificate programs to diploma programs to associate degree programs, the College offers students the state-of-the-art training needed to make a successful and swift transition into the workforce and help stimulate the economic growth and development of the local community. Adult education, continuing education, and customized training opportunities are also available to provide appropriate training for students at every level.

Southern Crescent Technical College is committed to excellence and is characterized by outstanding instruction, a comprehensive commitment to state-of-the-industry training and workforce development, and a close connection to the community.  As the College grows, Southern Crescent Technical College will continue to expand its educational programs and facilities to provide students with enhanced opportunities for career success. For more information on Southern Crescent Technical College or its offerings, visit


About Mercer University

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. With more than 9,000 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges, on major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at regional academic centers in Henry and Douglas counties, Mercer is classified as a Doctoral University with High Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education and ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Mercer Health Sciences Center includes the University’s School of Medicine and Colleges of Nursing, Health Professions and Pharmacy. Mercer is affiliated with five teaching hospitals – Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah; Atrium Health Navicent and Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon; and Midtown Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The University also has an educational partnership with Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is one of only 286 institutions nationwide to shelter a chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society; one of eight institutions to hold membership in the Georgia Research Alliance; and the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program.