CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga State Community College plans to launch a pilot honors college that will allow some students to graduate with a bachelor's degree from a private school.

The pilot program is set to begin in the fall with 16 students, who will participate part time.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( reports that the goal is to have the program fully operational by the fall of 2013. It will be open to students who have ACT scores of at least 27 and a grade point average of 3.6.

So far, Chattanooga State has partnered with three schools to offer the 4-year degrees - Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee and Berry and Morehouse colleges in Georgia.

School officials are continuing discussions with institutions, including Vanderbilt and Belmont universities.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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