How States Approach Reverse Transfer Pathways

August 21, 2015

A new report from the Education Commission of the States looks at the various ways states are implementing reverse transfer policies to retroactively award associate degrees to students pursuing four-year diplomas.

Reverse transfer programs help students understand the importance of a two-year degree and award students for previously earned credit. So far, 10 states have statewide policies to award associate degrees to eligible students, though other states offer similar reverse transfer pathways through institutional agreements. The report examines the reverse transfer policies in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon and Texas in particular.

States that have implemented reverse transfer are increasingly using technology that allows them to track student data and transcripts, the report notes. Some states are also using grant dollars from foundations such as Lumina Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Helios Education Foundation to reach their reverse transfer targets.

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