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MTSU, Nashville State Partner To Offer Criminal Justice Degree

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee State University will allow Criminal Justice majors to get their degree from Nashville State Community College's satellite campus in Antioch.

The two colleges have partnered to offer a bachelor's degree from the campus at the old Hickory Hollow Mall, now known as Global Mall at the Crossings.

Classes will be offered beginning in the fall. School leaders said this could be the start of more degrees offered on the Southeast campus.

"This partnership reflects some of the best outcomes," said MTSU University College Dean Dr. Mike Boyle. "Student success is what this is all about."

Nashville State's Southeast campus opened inside the former Dillard's store at the mall in August 2012.

"We think it really provides convenience for students," said Nashville State's Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kim Estep. "They can come here to this site; they don't have to worry about fighting the traffic to either go down Murfreesboro or fight traffic to go across town."

Business owners like Chad Custer with Nelson Mazda said this partnership will continue to bring positive light to this area.

"So it compliments that and brings more people to the area, which promotes restaurants, retail and just a better place to live," said Custer.

City leaders said this is the right step toward a bright future.

"We're going to have to update our community to what's new and current and having a mix used space is the thing now," said Jacobia Dowell, Metro City Council.

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