Reverse transfer usually involves a student transferring from a four-year institution to a two-year institution.
About 16% of students reverse transfer within six years. They do it for several reasons, which might include finances, academics, or simply being too far from home.
But the North Dakota University System (NDUS) is launching a new approach to reverse transfer, Dave Thompson reports for Prairie Public Broadcasting. According to Lisa Johnson, director of academic affairs for NDUS, the program will help students who start out at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution before receiving their associate degree. Students will be able to take classes at the four-year institution that fulfill the final requirements for the associate degree, then file those credits back with the two-year institution. Ultimately, they'll be able to earn the associate degree they would have skipped.
Even if a student plans to continue studying toward a bachelor's degree or other credential, getting that associate degree in hand can bring a sense of closure and accomplishment, Johnson explains.
As part of the initiative, NDUS officials will also seek to contact former students who have left college. Officials plan to let them know about the new reverse transfer option and ask if they want to return to their academic studies (Thompson, Prairie Public Broadcasting, 8/28).
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