Final Credit When It’s Due Project Results

The final report for Credit When It’s Due (CWID) is posted for information

Reverse Transfer is now a thriving reality and exciting possibility for MnSCU students.

Nearly 1,500 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) students were awarded an Associate of Arts degree thanks in part to a $500,000 Lumina funded Credit When It’s Due grant project that ran from 2012-2015.

The grant allowed for an audit of student records to find those who had attended a MnSCU community college and transferred to a MnSCU university without earning an associate in arts degree. At no cost to the student, Credit When It’s Due staff facilitated a process known as “reverse transfer,” in which credits earned at a university can be transferred back to a previously attended community college for the purpose of earning a degree.

MnSCU’s reverse transfer program began with the identification of approximately 11,600 students who transferred from a system college to a system university between 2008 and 2012 with two-year-college credits. Credit When It’s Due staff spent the grant period auditing student records to determine degree eligibility. The project allowed the system to learn how to do such audits much efficiently, and so reverse transfer will continue.

Since the June 30, 2015 conclusion of the grant, MnSCU has continued reverse transfer efforts. The creation of two software applications, Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Completion and Electronic Consent, make it possible for staff to easily identify and contact reverse transfer-eligible students. Those students are often surprised and pleased to learn that they have already earned a degree, or could very easily complete one.

Minnesota was one of 15 states participating in the reverse transfer program. Nationally, more than 7,000 associate’s degrees were awarded as a part of the reverse transfer effort.  For more information on Minnesota’s Credit When It’s Due, contact Louise DiCesare.  For more information on reverse transfer, contact Kristin Patrick.


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