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CWID Data Note: Reverse Credit Transfer: Increasing State Associate’s Degree Attainment

Author(s): Jason L. Taylor, Edén Cortes-Lopez

Publisher: Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI), University of Washington

Year: 2017


This Data Note is the eighth in a series of publications that shares research associated with the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative. CWID is a multistate initiative that supports the development and implementation of reverse credit transfer programs and policies that confer associate’s degrees to transfer students when they complete their degree requirements while en route to the baccalaureate degree. Reverse credit transfer policies facilitate the conferral of associate’s degrees to transfer students who have earned the credits needed for the associate’s degree, even after they transferred to a 4-year college or university.

This Data Note provides the most recent update on the total number of associate’s degrees conferred by the end of the 3-year CWID grant period. It updates Taylor and Bragg’s (2015a) Data Note and shows how reverse credit transfer has increased the annual number of associate’s degrees conferred in CWID states. The following two research questions are answered in this Data Note: (1) How many students earned associate’s degrees via reverse credit transfer during AY2013-14, AY2014-15, and AY2015-16? And (2) How did reverse credit transfer policies increase state associate’s degree attainment?

Last Updated: 8/23/21