VERSAILLES, Ky. (Nov. 15, 2017) – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) have signed a reverse transfer agreement to help more students earn associate degrees beginning in the 2018 spring semester. Former KCTCS students that transfer to UK before earning an associate degree can have UK credits applied toward the KCTCS degree, if the credits for each institution align.
“Thousands of KCTCS students transfer to four-year universities each year, and many do not complete a credential before doing so,” said KCTCS President Jay K. Box. “We are focused on student completion, and this will help many who transfer to UK, but didn’t complete a program at KCTCS. Having an associate degree will make them more attractive to employers as they work on a bachelor’s degree or if they don’t complete it.”
Students will be eligible for reverse transfer when they have met the following criteria:
- Have earned at least 25 percent of credit hours required for their degree at a KCTCS college.
- Have earned at least three semester credit hours from UK.
- Adhere to all policies and guidelines related to student admissions and transfer at both UK and KCTCS.
“Kentucky colleges and universities educate and prepare tomorrow’s leaders with the necessary skills to succeed in the workforce and as members of their communities,” said President Eli Capilouto. “The process of earning a college degree is different for everyone and can take myriad pathways in coursework and opportunity. UK’s work with KCTCS is emblematic of the strong partnerships across institutions that help students navigate those pathways to a credential.”
The new agreement was created in collaboration with the National Student Clearing House, which assists institutions with compliance, administrative, student access, accountability and analytical needs. The agreement helps reach goals set by Complete College America and others that are calling on postsecondary institutions to increase education attainment levels.