Students Can Now Earn an Associate Degree Through ‘Reverse Transfer’
Posted: January 30, 2014
Students may qualify for an associate degree from Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) after transferring to Portland State University (PSU), thanks to a new agreement between the two institutions.
Photos from the Feb. 6 Signing
This arrangement combines credit-hours from PSU and MHCC through a program called reverse transfer. To qualify, students must be co-admitted at both schools and have earned at least 90 credits, with a minimum of 24 of those from MHCC. An estimated 100 students may now be eligible for an associate degree through this program.
“This is a valuable program for students,” says John Hamblin, MHCC director of enrollment management, admissions, registration and records. Studies show that students at four-year schools who complete an associate degree at a community college tend to earn a bachelor’s degree at a higher rate than students who do not complete an associate degree at a community college.
One Success Leads to Another
“It may have to do with momentum and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” Hamblin explains. “Once students have a diploma for an associate degree in hand, and they see the rewards of all their hard work, it gives them a boost to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.”
Hamblin adds that with the tough job market, reverse transfer can give an extra edge to recent graduates. Having both an associate and a bachelor’s degree on a resume reflects a broader, more accurate view of a graduate’s skills and training received over time.
The agreement between the two schools will be formalized at a signing ceremony, Feb. 6, 8:30 – 9 a.m., in the MHCC Board Room, AC2360 on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St.
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