Reverse transfer agreement benefits students at Emporia State University and Johnson County Community College

September 27, 2012

Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State president, left, and Terry Calaway, president of Johnson County Community College, sign a reverse transfer agreement between the two schools on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, in the Robert F. Lytle Conference Room at JCCC in Overland Park, Kan. (Photo by Susan McSpadden/JCCC)An agreement signed today by officials at Emporia State University and Johnson County Community College will allow some students to finish their JCCC degree while attending Emporia State.

“Emporia State University and Johnson County Community College, are committed to student success,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State president. “The reverse transfer agreement gives the opportunity to both institutions to help their respective students complete their college degrees in Kansas.”

The reverse transfer agreement, as the arrangement is called, allows JCCC students who have completed at least 45 college credits to finish their remaining credit hours for an associate's degree while attending Emporia State. Essentially, the credit hours taken at Emporia will count both for the university and JCCC.

The partnership helps students complete their community college degree; many of them are just shy of that degree when they transfer to a four-year school. It will help JCCC by improving the college’s completer rate.

“This is a big step forward for both institutions and for students,” JCCC President Terry Calaway said. “It enhances learning options at both schools, and it’s one more way we can promote a seamless transfer process for students.”

The two presidents signed the agreement this afternoon on the Johnson County Community College campus in Overland Park. The two schools have been working out the details of the arrangement for a number of months.

Emporia State will notify all new students with an official transcript on file that shows they earned a minimum of 45 credit hours of coursework to see if a student wants to participate. Separate academic records for students will be maintained at each institution.

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