OREGON CITY - More students in Oregon will have the opportunity
to be credited with an associate's degree while earning a
bachelor's degree through a new "Reverse Transfer" agreement,
signed last week between the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon
Tech) and Clackamas Community College (CCC).
CCC President Joanne Truesdell and Oregon Tech President Chris
Maples led the signing ceremony, held at CCC's Oregon City campus.
The colleges launched the Reverse Transfer Degree pilot program as
a way to increase degree attainment and support graduates'
"Reverse Transfer" is a relatively new program in Oregon and the
U.S., which recognizes students' achievements with an associate's
degree after they have transferred to a four-year school. The
agreement will provide students who have attended both CCC and
Oregon Tech with an associate's degree, awarding them for the work
they have already completed while at the community college. There
are no additional costs to students to apply for and receive the
reverse transfer degree, which will be awarded from CCC once the
accumulated credits are reached at Oregon Tech.
"The old pattern of education first and work later no longer
holds," said Truesdell. "Most students are also workers. Having an
associate's degree while studying for the bachelor's shows
employers that students are ready to enter their chosen field, even
while they pursue further education."
Early research on outcomes shows that students who are awarded
an associate's degree through reverse transfer benefit in a number
of ways, including being more likely to stay in school and finish a
four-year degree program. Graduates also gain both an associate's
and a bachelor's degree on their resume, reflecting a broader, more
accurate view of their skills and training received over time. This
can add up to higher entry level and higher paying jobs for
"Today's students move frequently between two- and four-year
colleges and universities to earn a degree, so it's important to
have options that recognize this reality," said Chris Maples,
president of Oregon Tech.
Colleges and universities also benefit from reverse transfer.
Community college completion rates will more accurately reflect the
investment of time, resources, and support that two-year
institutions have in the students who transfer prior to degree
completion. These institutions will gain credit for the degrees in
their completion outcomes, create closer transfer collaborations
with four-year institutions, and gain alumni who feel a greater
connection to the community college.
This reverse transfer agreement, which started spring term, is a
pilot exclusively between Oregon Tech and CCC for the 2013-2014 and
2014-15 academic years.
For more information about Oregon Tech's education partnerships,
contact Marla Edge,
director of Academic Agreements, at 541.885.1034.
To learn more about CCC's education partnerships, contact Larry
Cheyne, director of Educational Partnerships at 503.594.3320.
About Oregon Tech
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology
is the only public foru-year institute of technology in the Pacific
Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and
health technologies, management, communication, and applied
sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in
their professional, public, and international communities through
hands-on learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential
campus in Klamath Falls and an urban, industry-focused campus in
Wilsonville. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about
About Clackamas Community College
Clackamas Community College serves the residents of Clackamas
County and students from throughout the region. The College has
three campuses, in Oregon City, North Clackamas, and Wilsonville,
and provides additional educational opportunities at extension
sites in local communities. CCC provides lower-division transfer
credits, training that leads to careers, basic skills education,
and services for workforce and industry. The college served more
than 30,000 students in 2012-13. For more information about CCC,