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Michigan community colleges and universities partner in grant to expand associate degree completion.

Posted: 10/11/2012 - 10:03 AM

Five national foundations announced the recipients of $6.4 million in grants supporting a multi-state initiative to help more students who have transferred from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities complete their associate degrees. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and USA Funds have joined forces in the initiative, “Credit When It’s Due: Recognizing the Value of the Quality Associate Degree.”

The initiative is designed to encourage partnerships of community colleges and universities to significantly expand programs that award associate degrees to transfer students when the student complete the requirements for the associate degree while pursuing a bachelor’s degree.  This approach is commonly known as “reverse back” or “reverse transfer.” The funding will support expansion of programs in 12 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Oregon. 
 
The Kresge Foundation is supporting Michigan’s initiative, which will create a statewide reverse transfer consortium that will implement consistent approaches to awarding associate degrees to students who transfer from community colleges to 4-year institutions without an associate degree. The Michigan consortium includes the 28 public community colleges and 15 public universities in the state, and will be administered by the Michigan Center for Student Success. 
 
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