Carlow University, CCAC Presidents Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

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CCAC Students Transferring to Carlow Can Apply Carlow Credits to Associates’s Degree

CCAC Reverse Transfer Agreement

Carlow University and the Community College of Allegheny County have agreed to enter into a Reverse Transfer Credit Agreement, which will allow students who transfer to Carlow University from CCAC to earn both a bachelor's degree and an associate's degree.

The agreement was signed officially by the presidents of both institutions at a signing ceremony on April 17, 2019, at 9 a.m. in the President's Conference Room. 

Through the Reverse Transfer program, CCAC students who transfer to Carlow before earning their associate's degree can apply credits earned at Carlow towards both a bachelor's degree at Carlow and an associate's degree at CCAC.

"Because many of today's college students must work while they are taking university classes, earning an associate's degree can make them more marketable for employers and may help them secure a better paying job while in school," said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University. "In addition, studies have shown that students who earn an associate's degree are more likely to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree."

Approximately half of the students who transfer to Carlow each semester have taken classes at CCAC.  

"To be eligible, students must have earned at least 30 credits at CCAC and at least 12 credits at Carlow to receive their associate's degree," said Quentin Bullock, DDS, president of The Community College of Allegheny County.

Students who enroll at a community college often do so with the intent of transferring to a four-year institution, but if they do so before completing their associate's degree, the community college's degree completion rate - a metric by which all institutions of higher learning are evaluated - will suffer.  This program will help CCAC raise its degree completion rate.

Click here for more information about this program.

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