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Community Colleges sign ‘reverse transfer’ agreement with 4-year schools


Dothan, Ala. – Thanks to an agreement between the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) and public universities in Alabama and Huntingdon College, Wallace – Dothan and Eufaula (WCCD) students who transfer to a four-year university will now be able to ‘reverse transfer’ credits toward an associate degree from WCCD.

WCCD students who intend to transfer to a university can already transfer credits towards a bachelor’s degree. With the reverse transfer agreement, students can receive a bachelor’s and associate degree with shared credits, earning multiple degrees.

Reverse transfer agreements are not new to Wallace. WCCD already has a reverse transfer agreement with Troy University; the new agreement allows WCCD students to receive an associate degree using credits earned after their Wallace career from any public university in Alabama and Huntingdon College.

“This agreement expands the importance of reverse transfer as a statewide initiative,” said Dr. Linda C. Young, WCCD president. “We have always partnered with four-year universities to provide the very best educational outcome. This agreement will help students make the most out of earned credits.”


The ACCS also signed an agreement with the National Student Clearinghouse so credits can be verified. WCCD will notify students that they have earned credits for an associate degree. Keith Saulsberry, WCCD registrar, said the agreement is a win-win for students. “Students won’t need to keep up with their credits or inquire about their reverse transfer status. The Clearinghouse will automate the process,” he added.

The agreement will also increase retention and completion rates, increasing the number of graduates at community colleges. Students who work while obtaining a bachelor’s degree will have the advantage of listing an associate degree on their resume.

To be eligible to use the reverse agreement, students must have earned at least 25 percent of the hours that they need for a degree from WCCD and have earned at least three semester hours from the four-year school that goes toward their associate degree.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, community college students represent 45% of all U.S. undergraduates. On average, about 41% of community college students who earn an associate degree as their first credential subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree within six years. For more information on reverse transfer, go to www.reversetransfer.org, or call (334) 556-2470.

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