Reverse transfer is a program specifically designed to allow students who transfer to a four-year university prior to earning an associate degree to be awarded that credential while pursuing the baccalaureate. Texas requires public institutions to participate in reverse transfer according to specific guidelines set forth in Texas Education Code Section 61.833.
Following student consent on the ApplyTexas Admission Application, university partners send a list of potentially eligible students and transcripts to community college registrars each term. Transcripts are evaluated and associate degrees are awarded to eligible students.
Benefits to Students
To be eligible to receive an associate degree through reverse transfer, students must have done the following:
Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative (TRTI)
The Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative (TRTI) is a multi-partner, grant-funded project that was developed as a response to Texas House Bill 3025, which includes a mandate to identify students who transfer from Texas’s community colleges to universities without receiving an associate degree and evaluate their eligibility for that award. The $1.3 million grant-funded project is supported by Lumina Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, Meadows Foundation, and Houston Endowment, and is led by The Lone Star College System, The University of Texas at Austin, and The University of Texas System.
There are 20+ two- and four-year postsecondary institutions from across the state committed to TRTI in the first year of the project, and more will be added as TRTI progresses.
In addition to the funders, the following five foundations and organizations are committed to TRTI:
Credit When It’s Due (CWID)
TRTI is part of the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative, a national grant-funded project that aims to implement and improve the reverse transfer process between community colleges and universities, in order to award associate degrees to students pursuing baccalaureate degrees.
As the principal for this project, The Lone Star College System aims to provide a scalable model that can be replicated by others for reverse transfer success.
To find out more about the Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative, please visit the Lone Star College System web site.