Diverse Issues in Higher Education
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—State higher education officials are hoping to boost college graduation rates in Tennessee by helping students who transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions get the associate degrees they may still lack.
Reverse-transfer agreements between four-year colleges and two-year schools are becoming more common.
The Senate Thursday voted 33-0 to pass Senate Bill, 12-045, the measure that would allow students to combine credits from both community and four-year colleges to qualify for an associate’s degree. The measure now goes to the House.
Inside Higher Ed
One way to boost graduation rates is to issue degrees to students who’ve already earned them, which often doesn’t happen with associate degrees.
Administrators have long suspected that most students who “reverse transfer” from four-year institutions to community colleges — given that they are typically from low-income families — do so for financial reasons. A new report, however, argues that parents’ level of education has a bigger impact than does income, and that academic difficulty in the first years of college is more likely to be the reason behind reverse transfer.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Community-college officials must have a special love-hate relationship with the motivated, successful students who leave their institutions with a good number of credits, but no degree, to transfer to four-year institutions. Such students should be counted as institutional successes rather than failures, but until recently, little could be done to officially record them as such.