by Debra Johnson, Published December 20, 2012
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Eastern Michigan University signed a reverse transfer agreement with Monroe County Community College that will help students obtain their associate degree through credits accumulated at the university.
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and Monroe County Community College (MCCC) signed a reverse transfer agreement Wednesday, Dec. 19, at MCCC, in Monroe, Mich. The two schools have collaborated on the agreement over the course of the last year.
For various reasons, many community college students transfer into a four-year university before completing an associate degree. And while most of these students go on to complete a bachelor's degree, they are missing the opportunity to include another significant academic achievement on their resumes.
"With the competitive job market we're seeing today, many students will have an advantage by adding another credential to their record," said Patricia Cygnar, director of community college relations at EMU.
EMU and MCCC have a long-standing partnership, which includes EMU programs offered on the Monroe campus through a regional site operated by EMU's Extended Programs Department.
"This is another giant step forward in the partnership between Eastern and Monroe County Community College," said David Nixon, president of MCCC. "We have a number of academic partnerships with EMU that are highly valued by our students, in a variety of programs that will allow students to transition smoothly, as well as EMU programs right on the MCCC campus."
One such program will allow MCCC registered nursing graduates to complete a bachelor's degree in nursing said Nixon. "And now, with this partnership, students who transfer to EMU early will be able to use the credits they are getting towards a bachelor's degree at EMU to complete an MCCC associate degree."
A statewide mandate already in effect requires that all public universities have at least three reverse transfer agreements in place by January 2013.
The new agreement will apply to former MCCC students who have transferred a minimum of 45 credits to Eastern, and who have not earned a degree from MCCC and are in good academic standing.
Students meeting the criteria will be sent an email asking if they want their EMU transcript sent back to MCCC (free of charge) to use EMU credits toward completing their associate degree.
"Our focus at both schools has always been on our students," says Cygnar. "We think this process will be easy to use and provide a useful benefit."