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August 18, 2015 - State Regents, University of Central Oklahoma Host Statewide Reverse Transfer Workshop  RSS feed

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Recognizing the need for more citizens with a postsecondary education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the University of Central Oklahoma recently held a statewide workshop focused on reverse transfers between Oklahoma’s higher education institutions.

Across the U.S., many students transfer from community colleges to four-year universities without completing an associate degree. Reverse transfer allows those students to obtain their associate degree once they’ve completed the necessary credits. This important effort is designed to ensure that all eligible community college transfer students – including those who, due to various circumstances, may not complete a bachelor’s degree – emerge from college with an earned credential.

The workshop, held on UCO’s campus, was attended by representatives from all 27 public higher education institutions and five private institutions. Participants received information about current efforts in Oklahoma and best practices from the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative, a national grant-funded initiative designed to improve implementation of the reverse transfer process. CWID represents a joint venture of several foundations, including the Lumina Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA Funds, The Helios Education Foundation and Greater Texas Foundation.

“By the year 2020, 37 percent of all jobs created in Oklahoma will require an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or higher,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. “Degree completion is the No. 1 priority for our state’s higher education system, and reverse transfer is one of the innovative initiatives we have embraced as part of Oklahoma’s Complete College America (CCA) plan to increase college degree completion.”

CCA is the most comprehensive and ambitious higher education initiative ever undertaken by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is to increase the number of degrees and certificates earned in Oklahoma by an average of 1,700 per year, from 30,500 annually in 2011 to 50,900 annually by 2023, a 67 percent increase. In year two of Oklahoma’s CCA initiative, postsecondary institutions surpassed the annual goal, conferring 3,577 additional degrees and certificates. This achievement follows resounding success in the first year, in which the number of degrees and certificates awarded increased by 2,945.

Reverse transfer is one of several key initiatives outlined in Oklahoma’s five-point plan to increase degree and certificate completion. The state plan, which has led to CCA naming Oklahoma the national model, focuses on promoting college readiness, transforming remediation, strengthening pathways to certificates and degrees, expanding adult degree completion efforts, and rewarding performance and completion.

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