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Action Plan Recommendation 5

Develop a plan to facilitate, implement, and incentivize reverse transfer.

Reverse transfer is the process by which a student is awarded an associate degree after transferring and completing degree requirements at another institution. A statewide reverse transfer system would allow students who transfer to another institution additional options for earning a credential. Reverse transfer acknowledges and awards student progress and ultimately contributes to the state’s educational attainment rate. As emphasized in Recommendation 4, adequate advising is critical to the success of the transfer ecosystem. A reverse transfer system provides an additional tool for advisors to utilize in conversations with students. Implementing a systemic, statewide process for institutions to participate alleviates the burden of individual solutions and harnesses the state’s resources responsibly.

Higher Education Institution Action: In collaboration with an advisory committee, it is the intent of the task force that the CHE should develop policies and procedures for reverse transfer. Public and participating independent institutions should commit to participation in the system including the necessary staff resources.

Legislative Action: Possible actions could include a budget request to fund and implement a system to facilitate reverse transfer.

Implementation Timeline: Ongoing.