Tennessee Reverse Transfer

 

Reverse Transfer is a process that allows a student who completed a minimum of 15 hours at a participating Tennessee two-year institution and transferred to a participating Tennessee four-year institution to combine college credits from both institutions and apply them toward an associate degree.

Thanks to a grant from Lumina Foundation (http://www.luminafoundation.org/) and an appropriation from the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission developed and approved Tennessee Reverse Transfer as a way for you to receive the associate degree you may have earned since your transfer.  It’s value added to your education!

What is Tennessee Reverse Transfer?

Some students transfer to four-year universities before completing their associate degree. Reverse Transfer is a process that allows a student who completed more than 25 percent of the required college level credits for an associate degree at a participating Tennessee two-year institution and transferred to a participating Tennessee four-year institution to combine college credits from both institutions and apply them toward an associate degree. Thanks to a grant from Lumina Foundation (http://www.luminafoundation.org/) and an appropriation from the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission developed and approved Tennessee Reverse Transfer as a way for you to receive the associate degree you may have earned since your transfer. It’s value added to your education!

Through Reverse Transfer, students who meet associate degree requirements, or who are close to meeting those requirements, will be contacted and provided an opportunity have completed credits evaluated for an associate degree. Students must agree to share their two- and four-year transcript information and transcripts between those institutions to determine if they are eligible for an associate degree. There is no cost to the student!

Why is finalizing the associate degree important?

Finishing a college degree is always important. Students who transfer prior to completing all the requirements for the associate degree may find an associate degree beneficial. An associate degree is seen as a valuable job-seeking credential for undergraduate students working their way through college.

A recent study (Taylor & Giani, 2015) considered early reverse transfer data from Hawaii and Minnesota.  Those data indicated that students who were awarded the reverse transfer associate degree were “more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree within one year of receiving the degree, when compared to other transfer students.”  Notably, the authors suggest that other data in the same study indicate receiving the reverse transfer degree impacts students differently. Reverse transfer is a relatively new process and more time and research is needed for more definitive outcomes. [Taylor, J.L. & Giani, M.S. (2015). Modeling the effect of the reverse transfer associate’s degree: Evidence from two states.  Denver, CO: Association for the Study of Higher Education 2015. Paper Presentation.]

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