Submitted by UTM University Relations
MARTIN (July 22) — The University of Tennessee at Martin is partnering with ReUp Education Network to identify students across the globe who have “stopped out,” or temporarily withdrawn from college, to enroll at UT Martin and complete their degree.
ReUp Education is a research organization that locates stop-out students for higher education institutions and provides assistance and resources, such as personal success coaches, for students to re-enroll at a partnering university. According to the ReUp Education website, in the past 20 years, 36 million Americans, including more than 800,000 Tennesseans, have received some college education but did not earn a degree.
“The completion crisis facing higher education requires an innovative response that breaks down barriers to help students reenroll in college. Stop-out students have historically been left behind, and we want to change that,” said Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, the university’s chief academic officer, in a previous release from ReUp Education. “This is about fulfilling our mission to serve West Tennessee by educating and engaging its citizens,” Acree added.
UT Martin has worked with ReUp Education since June 2019 to re-enroll UT Martin stop-out students; however, through the ReUp Network, the university will be able to recruit students who stopped out from other ReUp Education-connected universities as well. According to Dr. Jamie Mantooth, executive director of Enrollment Services and Student Engagement, as a result of the collaboration, UT Martin has re-enrolled almost 100 stop-out students into online and on-campus programs.
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program has attracted many stop-out students because it can be completed online, allowing non-traditional students to finish their degrees without disrupting their daily lives or restarting their college careers.
In addition to UT Martin, the ReUp Network includes Arkansas Tech University, Bellevue University, Brandman University, California University of Pennsylvania, Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Ducere Global Business School, Eastern Michigan University, Excelsior College, Salem University, University of Idaho, and Texas A&M University – Central Texas.
For more information regarding UT Martin’s affiliation with ReUp Education, contact Mantooth at firstname.lastname@example.org.