Emporia State University signed an agreement with JCCC that will allow some students to finish their JCCC degree while attending that university.
"This is a big step forward for both institutions and for students," JCCC President Terry Calaway said. "It enhances learning options at both schools," he said, "and it's one more way we can promote a seamless transfer process for students."
Emporia State President Michael D. Shonrock met with JCCC President Terry Calaway in a signing ceremony Sept. 27 in JCCC's Robert F. Lytle Conference Room in the General Education Building. The two schools have been working out the details of the arrangement for a number of months.
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.
“Emporia State University and Johnson County Community College are committed to student success,” said Emporia State’s President Shonrock. “The reverse transfer agreement gives the opportunity to both institutions to help their respective students complete their college degrees in Kansas.”
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.
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.
JCCC and Kansas State University signed a reverse transfer agreement in March 2012, followed by another agreement with Pittsburg State University in May 2012.Students interested in learning more about whether they are eligible for reverse transfer agreements may email Cindy Thompson, articulation development and transfer coordinator for JCCC, or call her at 913-469-8500 ext. 3876.