Clearinghouse Staff to Present at NISTS Annual Conference, Feb. 7-9
Reverse Transfer Benefits Students, Influences Graduation
Michelle Blackwell, the National Student Clearinghouse’s National Manager of Reverse Transfer; Joe Roof, Clearinghouse’s Regional Director; and Afet Dundar, the Research Center’s Director of Research, will discuss reverse transfer and transfer research at the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students Annual Conference, February 7-9, at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.
Michelle Blackwell, Reverse Transfer Initiatives National Manager
Joe Roof, Regional Director
Afet Dundar, Research Center’s Director of Research
Blackwell and Roof will host a presentation on reverse transfer from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8 in Salon C, and Dundar will discuss the latest transfer research from 9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 in the Dunwoody Meeting Room. These two valuable sessions will feature the latest research and policy developments to help institutions be successful with their transfer initiatives.
Through reverse transfer, four- or two-year institutions can securely send course and grade information to any two-year institution in the United States from which a student has transferred. If eligible, the student is then awarded an associate degree. It doesn’t matter if the student transferred to another associate degree or bachelor granting institution first, attended public or private institutions, or transferred across state lines.
Evidence from the Credit When It’s Due initiative shows that the retention and bachelor’s degree completion rates for students who received an associate degree via reverse transfer were five to 18 percent higher than similar students who did not receive an associate’s degree.
Research also demonstrates that students who get an associate degree increase their annual income anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000, according to the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment. As many know personally, making more money while working on a bachelor’s degree helps students be more successful in completing their degree.
Furthermore, reverse transfer can help decrease student loan default rates. Nationally 66 percent of students who transfer from a two-year to a four-year institution do so without earning their associate degree and on average 50 percent of those students never complete a degree. Thus, they walk away with some college, no degree and thousands of dollars in debt.
Michelle Blackwell and Joe Roof will host a presentation on reverse transfer from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 8 in Salon C, and Dundar will discuss the latest transfer research from 9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. on Feb. 9 in the Dunwoody Meeting Room.