A reverse transfer agreement that makes it easier for students to complete an associate’s degree after enrolling in a four-year program was signed Monday by officials from Emory & Henry College and Virginia Highlands Community College.
The agreement is designed to recognize the accomplishments of transfer students and provide them with a valuable credential while they continue working toward a bachelor’s degree. It was signed Monday by Emory & Henry President Jake Schrum and Dr. Gene C. Couch Jr., president of VHCC.
“This agreement formalizes Emory & Henry’s recognition of the high quality of students who attend Virginia Highlands Community College,” Schrum said. “For many years, VHCC students have enjoyed great success as they have continued their higher education at Emory & Henry. These students have been among the strongest E&H graduates and have added to our reputation for academic excellence.”
To be eligible for reverse transfer, students must complete at least 15 hours toward a degree program at VHCC before transferring to Emory & Henry College. Once a total of 60 credits have been earned, applicable credits will be transferred back to VHCC and an associate’s degree will be awarded.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to recognize transfer students who have reached a significant educational milestone,” Dr. Couch said. “Those who earn an associate’s degree are better prepared for the workplace and, in many cases, have a renewed determination to continue their education.”
VHCC and Emory & Henry have a long history of working together to help students earn a baccalaureate degree. An articulation agreement has been in place for many years and was revised in 2013 to create a Guaranteed Admission Agreement that guarantees eligible VHCC graduates admission to Emory & Henry with junior status.
“Emory & Henry College remains a top choice for transfer students interested in a strong liberal arts education because of the welcoming environment and quality programs available,” Dr. Couch said. “Reverse transfer is just one more way we can work together to help our students reach their educational goals.”