Colby Community College and the other 18 Kansas community colleges are offering reverse transfers with all of Kansas' private colleges. A reverse transfer allows students leaving a community college before earning an associate’s degree the flexibility to transfer credits from a different college back to the community college to complete the associate’s.  A reverse transfer agreement already exists between community colleges and the public universities in Kansas.  

Kansas Colleges Reach Reverse Transfer Agreement

Thu Apr 2, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Colby Community College and the other 18 Kansas community colleges are offering reverse transfers with all of Kansas' private colleges. A reverse transfer allows students leaving a community college before earning an associate’s degree the flexibility to transfer credits from a different college back to the community college to complete the associate’s.  A reverse transfer agreement already exists between community colleges and the public universities in Kansas. 

The Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT) and the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) announced the agreement between all 18 private colleges and all 19 community colleges last week.  The agreement is expected to significantly boost the number of Kansans who earn at least an associate’s degree, which has been linked to higher lifetime incomes, lower unemployment, better health outcomes, and increased community involvement.

“Colby Community College is glad to be part of this initiative,” said CCC President Seth Carter. “It allows a lot of individuals to be awarded degrees they otherwise might not earn.”    

Any student who earns at least 45 credit hours from a Kansas community college and transfers to one of Kansas’ private, non-profit institutions may choose to take advantage of the global reverse transfer agreement.  At the end of each academic year, the private, non-profit colleges send the transcripts of those students back to their most recent Kansas community college.  If the student completes the relevant credit hours at the private, non-profit college, the community college then awards the student an associate’s degree.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, annual median incomes for associate’s degree holders are $2,600 higher than those with some college but no degree, and $6,500 more than those with only a high school diploma.   

The agreement will go into effect in the 2015-2016 academic year.