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.