Lone Star College System, UT Austin Lead Reverse Transfer Initiative

Lone Star College System is collaborating with the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas System to lead the Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative (TRTI), reports University Business.

The TRTI will award associate degrees to students who have earned the necessary credits after transferring to a four-year institution. The two-year project is a key strategy designed to help the state meet its goal of increasing higher education degree attainment. It is part of a national grant program called "Credit When It's Due," which is funded by the Lumina Foundation, Meadows Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation and Houston Endowment. The National Student Clearinghouse will support the initiative by working with registrars to establish systems to facilitate data sharing across schools, reported University Business.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reported that 454,154 students transferred into a Texas university in fall 2012 with credits earned at two-year colleges in the state. As reported by University Business, the majority of these students are likely eligible to receive a reverse transfer associate’s degree, while only 11 percent earned an associate degree before transferring.


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