The National Student Clearinghouse was awarded a Lumina Foundation grant for a project that will offer the first national automated system for exchanging reverse transfer student data, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The transfer of academic credit is a critical feature of American higher education. President Obama's College Completion Agenda and the lessons learned from the recent recession have raised the visibility of transfer issues even further. Although hampered by a lack of national data, research in the field of transfer is becoming more prevalent.
Lumina Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, USA Funds and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are collaborating to support partnerships of community colleges/universities that significantly scale-up approaches to awarding associate degrees to the many students who transfer from community colleges to universities before receiving the associates degree when students demonstrate the learning required for the degree. This is an approach commonly known as “reverse transfer” or “transfer back.”