Keynote Introduction: Thomas W. Ross, President, the University of North Carolina
Keynote Presenter: The Honorable Dr. Virginia Foxx, Representative of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District Chair, the Higher Education Subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee
The National Student Clearinghouse: “A State-Level View of Students with Some College Enrollment, but No Completion”
In 2012, the HB 1042 directed the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education to develop a policy to facilitate reverse transfer. In collaboration with each of the state’s public institutions and many independent colleges, the Missouri Department of Higher Education began working to fulfill the legislative mandate. This session will provide an overview of Missouri’s efforts to develop and implement a reverse transfer policy, pilot the process, and gear-up for a comprehensive, statewide system of reverse transfer. Among the issues discuss are the state’s postsecondary governing structure, FERPA compliance, institutional capacity to facilitate transfer, the challenges of implementing the policy statewide, and where we stand today.
In January of 2012, the University of North Carolina System Office and the North Carolina Community College System began piloting reverse transfer with 8 UNC constituent institutions and 15 community colleges. This session will briefly describe the following: North Carolina’s post-secondary governing structure, aligning system-wide policies and procedures to ensure success of reverse transfer, recruiting students while ensuring FERPA compliance, how North Carolina used technology to facilitate reverse transfer and processing of degrees, our initial pilot results, and finally a discussion about lessons learned.
In June 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law HB 3025, a bill that included a mandate for Texas higher education to award associate degrees through a reverse credit transfer process. To facilitate adoption of this law and to uphold this unfunded mandate and increase participation in reverse transfer, a consortium of Texas public higher education institutions initiated a change in the Texas Common Application which allows institutions to exchange student academic records for the purposes of reverse transfer unless students opt out. Additionally, the University of Texas at Austin has worked with Austin Community College to develop and pilot a streamlined process for reverse transfer. The UT Austin-ACC pilot proved successful and in its inaugural year nearly 400 student academic records were exchanged for the purposes of reverse transfer; a significant increase from the year before. Most recently, UT Austin in partnership with Lone Star College System and the National Student Clearinghouse, is leading the Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative, a grant-funded project to scale the UT Austin-ACC pilot in a low-cost and sustainable way. The grant program focuses on increasing implementation of the streamlined process across Texas and leading to national scale. This session, led by UT Austin Vice Provost and Registrar, Shelby Stanfield, will cover the lessons learned on each of these approaches on the policies, procedures, and mechanisms necessary to support reverse transfer culminating in an automated national approach to reverse transfer.
The state of Wisconsin has not legislated Reverse Transfer like many other states. Individual schools have taken an interest in the Reverse Transfer Initiative and school specific agreements have been established. Come here how two schools, Madison College and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, have collaborated on a journey to develop an agreement, create a data-exchange process, work through challenges, and reflect on lessons learned. The session will also highlight work being done in the University of Wisconsin System in support of Reverse Transfer and the benefits and strategy behind developing a national approach to Reverse Transfer.