What is Reverse Transfer?
Most people are familiar with “vertical transfer,” where a student transfers from a two-year institution to a four-year institution and is able to carry forward some, if not all, of the credits that the student earned at a two-year institution toward a degree at a four-year institution. “Reverse transfer,” on the other hand, is the transfer of credits from a four-year institution to a two-year institution from which a student transferred for the purpose of facilitating the awarding of a degree or certificate.
The concept of “reverse transfer” has been gaining traction as institutions and states seek new ways to recognize credits that students have earned that did not result in the awarding of a degree or certificate. The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) has identified 1.2 million individuals that have completed more than 60 credit hours, but were not awarded a degree or certificate. Read more