Tennessee: Transfer, then earn 2-year degree

Tennessee universities will let former community college students “reverse transfer” university credits to complete an associate degree, reports The Tennessean.

“It’s all about advancing the numbers of people with post-secondary credentials, and this is an approach that allows us to do that,” University of Tennessee System President Joe DiPietro said.

State officials say two-year degrees are valuable in the pursuit of jobs — and a “fail-safe” for those who don’t ultimately earn a bachelor’s degree.

Community colleges would get to count reverse-transfer graduates in their figures. Because a revamped funding formula rewards colleges for higher graduation rates, the program would help two-year institutions financially.

Many community college students transfer before they complete a two-year degree.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON January 17, 2014

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Renee @TeachMoore

This is an interesting approach that recognizes the reality of today’s college students, many of whom are collecting their college credits a la carte. I have many students who may take online courses at one school, face-to-face classes at another during the semester, and summer school or intersession classes at still another. I especially agree with the last line: many students only come to the community college with the intention of taking their first year courses; then transferring to another school.

All of which makes me wonder even more about the proposed plan to rate and rank colleges based partly on graduation rates. How can that metric be fairly applied when students, as consumers, are choosing such a wide range of options?

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