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Oregon Tech and Clackamas Community College Launch “Reverse Transfer” Degree Program

Jul 10, 2014
Oregon Tech President Chris Maples and CCC President Joanne Truesdell launch Reverse Transfer Degree pilot program as a way to increase degree attainment and support graduates’ workforce preparation
OT and CCC Presidents Signing

More students in Oregon will have the opportunity to be credited with an associate’s degree while earning a bachelor’s degree through a new “Reverse Transfer” agreement, signed today between the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) and Clackamas Community College (CCC). The signing ceremony, held at CCC’s Oregon City campus, was led by Oregon Tech President Chris Maples and CCC President Joanne Truesdell, and launched the Reverse Transfer Degree pilot program as a way to increase degree attainment and support graduates’ workforce preparation.

“Reverse Transfer” is a relatively new program in Oregon and the U.S., which recognizes students’ achievements with an associate’s degree after they have transferred to a 4-year school. The agreement will provide students who have attended both CCC and Oregon Tech with an associate’s degree, awarding them for the work they have already completed while at the community college. There are no additional costs to students to apply for and receive the reverse transfer degree, which will be awarded from CCC once the accumulated credits are reached at Oregon Tech.

“Today’s students move frequently between two- and four-year colleges and universities to earn a degree, so it’s important to have options that recognize this reality,” said Chris Maples, president of Oregon Tech. “Establishing a reverse transfer program between CCC and Oregon Tech has tremendous value for students and for Oregon’s workforce. In today’s job market, graduates need to show the scope of their educational background, and having an associate’s degree credential shows the real depth of their skill set.”

Early research on outcomes shows that students who are awarded an associate’s degree through reverse transfer benefit in a number of ways, including being more likely to stay in school and finish a four-year degree program. Graduates also gain both an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree on their resume, reflecting a broader, more accurate view of their skills and training received over time. This can add up to higher entry level and higher paying jobs for graduates.

“The old pattern of education first and work later no longer holds,” noted CCC president Joanne Truesdell. “Most students are also workers. Having an associate’s degree while studying for the bachelor’s shows employers that students are ready to enter their chosen field, even while they pursue further education.”

Colleges and universities also benefit from reverse transfer. Community college completion rates will more accurately reflect the investment of time, resources, and support that two-year institutions have in the students who transfer prior to degree completion. These institutions will gain credit for the degrees in their completion outcomes, create closer transfer collaborations with four-year institutions, and gain alumni who feel a greater connection to the community college.

This reverse transfer agreement is a pilot exclusively between Oregon Tech and CCC for the 2013-2014 and 2014-15 academic years, started in Spring Term 2014.

For more information about Oregon Tech’s education partnerships, contact Marla Edge, director of Academic Agreements, at 541.885.1034.

To learn more about CCC’s education partnerships, contact Larry Cheyne, director of Educational Partnerships at 503.594.3320.

About Oregon Tech
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the only public 4-year institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public, and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls and an urban, industry-focused campus in Wilsonville. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Tech.

About Clackamas Community College
Clackamas Community College serves the residents of Clackamas County and students from throughout the region. The College has three campuses, in Oregon City, North Clackamas, and Wilsonville, and provides additional educational opportunities at extension sites in local communities. CCC provides lower-division transfer credits, training that leads to careers, basic skills education, and services for workforce and industry. The college served more than 30,000 students in 2012-13. For more information about CCC, visit www.clackamas.edu.

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