West Virginia Community Colleges & WVU Partner for Student Degree Completion

West Virginia Community Colleges & WVU Partner for Student Degree Completion

West Virginia Community Colleges & WVU Partner for Student Degree Completion
 
Fairmont, West Virginia— West Virginia community college students who transfer to West Virginia University before earning their associate degrees can now receive their credentials retroactively, thanks to a new partnership between the institution, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) and the National Student Clearinghouse.
 
The partnership, which uses the Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer Service, is focused on boosting college completion rates across West Virginia.
 
“Seeing more of our students earn postsecondary degrees is always our leading goal,” Dr. Sarah Tucker, WVCTCS Chancellor, said. “Through the reverse transfer process, we can give students the two-year credentials they’ve earned, while they continue pursuing a four-year degree. We’re proud to partner with WVU to make this possible, and to put even more of our students on track to strong and rewarding careers.”
 
Pierpont Community & Technical College President Dr. Johnny M. Moore stated “Many community colleges across the country have articulation agreements with four-year universities, which allow students to easily transfer credits from the community college level and apply them toward a four-year degree program at the university level. This new MOU between the West Virginia's Community and Technical College System, WVU and the Higher Education Policy Commission is a whole new type of program that will allow students to continue to work toward an associate degree while in pursuit of a four-year degree. The new reverse transfer agreement is bi-modal, allowing students to gain important degree milestones and improve completion rates for their respective community college, which will make students even more marketable in the workforce.”
 
"WVU is privileged to work with our state’s two-year institutions to provide earned credentials to our state’s students," said Paul Krieder, vice provost for academic strategies, curriculum, and assessment. "This partnership solidifies a process of awarding degrees to students who have completed courses at WVU that can fulfill degree requirements where they began. That is important to the students, their earning potential, and will ultimately help the economy of the state of West Virginia.”
 
Under the agreement, if a student goes to a community college, but transfers to WVU before earning an associate degree, the credits earned at WVU can be transferred back to the community and technical college and the student will then have earned an associate degree while working toward a four-year one.
 
“The Clearinghouse is excited to work with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System to help more West Virginians be successful and earn a degree via reverse transfer,” said Michelle Blackwell, National Manager of Reverse Transfer at the Clearinghouse. “The Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer service supports eligible students’ ability to earn an associate degree and, thereby, enhance their employment opportunities and make more money. Studies show that completing an associate degree yields on average $4,640 to $7,160 per annum in extra earnings compared to entering college, but not finishing."
 
A memorandum of understanding between West Virginia’s nine community and technical colleges, WVU and the Higher Education Policy Commission paves the way for students who have transferred to WVU to begin the process of seeing if they’re eligible. To participate, students must agree to have their WVU transcripts sent back to their community colleges, which will determine whether the students’ university courses have met requirements for degrees or other credentials.
 
Students who are in good standing with their community college will be eligible for reverse transfer when they have earned at least 16 semester credit hours from the community college and at least three semester credit hours from WVU. For more information on this program, please contact Pierpont Community & Technical College at 304-367-4907 or www.pierpont.edu
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