Students who earned at least 15 credits at one of three community colleges in the region before they attended Western Connecticut State University are on the path to an Associate's degree. Western has signed a reverse transfer credit program with Housatonic, Norwalk and Naugatuck Valley Community Colleges. Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr Jane Gates says if those students earn a total 60 credits, they will be awarded an Associated Degree from the community college they transferred to Western from.
Gates says if a student has an associate degree, a bachelor degree doesn't seem as daunting. She adds that the Associate degree will help students get better jobs. Gates says this is especially important for first generation college attendees in their families.
Naugatuck Valley previously signed a reverse transfer agreement with Charter Oak State College, the state's online college.
Gates says these agreements will increase the graduation rates for the community colleges and will increase the likelihood of a student continuing at Western to earn a bachelor degree. Credits will be tracked by Western's Registrar's Office to determine when the credits have been accumulated.