Reverse Transfer Agreement Aids Students Shy of Completing Associate Degree
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 25, 2013) – An initiative that benefits students and contributes to state and national college graduation goals, the University of Central Missouri has entered into a Reverse Transfer Agreement for Associate Degree Completion with Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.
The agreement was signed by UCM President Charles Ambrose and JCCC President Terry Calaway when JCCC administrators visited campus in March. It makes it possible for JCCC students who enroll at UCM before they have completed their two-year degree to still obtain an associate degree by gaining credit for courses at UCM that will transfer back to JCCC to fulfill degree requirements. This means that while students are completing course work toward their associate degree from JCCC, they continue to earn college credit toward their UCM degree.
“This is an excellent way to motivate students to complete the degree they began at Johnson County Community College, and benefit from the personal investment they have already made toward their education,” said UCM President Charles Ambrose. “We’re grateful for the strong partnership we have with JCCC that encourages opportunities such as this agreement with a focus on student success.”
To be eligible for reverse transfer, a JCCC student must transfer a minimum of 45 credit hours to UCM. UCM will then notify the student of his or her eligibility for reverse transfer credit once they begin their first semester. Once the course credits are completed, JCCC will review the student’s transcript to ensure that credits earned at UCM will count toward the JCCC degree.
“UCM has been a model university partner for JCCC, as we bridge the state line to enhance student opportunities for a better future through higher education,” said Terry Calaway, JCCC president. “This valuable cooperative spirit will continue as JCCC and UCM look to build innovative ways of working together and providing our students options to complete their educational journey. “This initiative is consistent with a push from national leaders to ensure the U.S. continues to be a higher education leader. On a national level, President Obama has set a goal for the U.S. to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon also has challenged the state to increase to 60 percent the number of adults with college degrees by 2020.
Terry Calaway, front left, president of Johnson County Community College, joins UCM President Charles Ambrose, front right, and representatives of both institutions for a Reverse Transfer Agreement signing. Also taking part in the event March 15 at UCM in Warrensburg are, back row from left, Dennis Day, JCCC vice president, Student Success and Engagement; Jason Drummond, UCM vice president, Development, and executive director, UCM Foundation; Shari Bax, UCM vice provost, Student Experience and Engagement; Clarissa Craig, JCCC dean, Health Professions and Wellness; Deborah Curtis, UCM provost and chief learning officer; and Rick Moehring, JCCC dean, Learning Engagement and Success.