Officials from Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College signed a reverse transfer agreement Oct. 12 that enables students to earn an associate degree by combining their KVCC credits with those earned at WMU.
Under the agreement terms, transfer students who earned at least 45 credits at KVCC can apply for a retroactive associate degree using the credits earned at WMU. It takes 60 credits to earn a KVCC associate degree.
WMU President John M. Dunn joined KVCC President Marilyn Schlack for the signing ceremony, along with other WMU and KVCC officials who were there to celebrate the agreement that is designed to enhance existing transfer and articulation agreements between the two schools. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to earn an additional credential that will help them throughout their career," said KVCC’s Schlack at the signing ceremony. "It shows the commitment on the part of both institutions to support student success."
Dunn said the agreement serves as an additional opportunity to solidify the already strong relationship between the two schools. "This reverse transfer agreement works to strengthen our joint commitment to students," he said. "It says to our students that we have an unwavering commitment to them and to their future."
According to KVCC officials, many students leave the school each year having earned 45 credits or more, but without earning enough for a degree. The new agreement allows them to combine credits earned at the two schools to add an important credential to their resume. That credential also can serve as a safeguard for students who may not complete their four-year degree before entering the work force.
KVCC is WMU's largest source of transfer students, with some 500 students transferring from the college to the University each year.