Best Practices

One outcome the Talent Dividend Network is working toward is to collect and share best practices in boosting college attainment rates. When we talk about best practices, we mean evidence-based programs that everyone can see are having a positive impact on college attainment. Got one you’d like to share?

University of Houston Reverse Transfer Initiative

The goal of the reverse transfer initiative is to award students associate’s degrees by returning transcripts of UH transfer students to the feeder colleges for evaluation. Students may be awarded associate’s degrees by the feeder college based on the number of credit hours earned while attending UH for their bachelor’s degree. UH completes the process electronically beginning with emails to students, the wiring transcripts back to the schools and even evaluation. Feeder colleges such as Houston Community College, Lone Star Community College, and San Jacinto College are partners in the effort, and benefit from students added to their completion rates.

University og Houston

In September of 2010 University of Houston returned 2000 transcripts to feeder colleges for evaluation. The effort required both internal and external cooperation which University of Houston achieved through 5 years of work between 2005 and 2010. Evidence suggests 90% of students were granted an associate’s based on the credit hours earned between their feeder college and the University of Houston, deeming the Reverse Transfer Program a success. Students are able to receive an associate’s degree on the way to their bachelor’s degree which is beneficial to their careers beyond educational achievement.

For additional information on the Reverse Transfer Program visit their website and read Success Matters from the University of Houston and the Achieving the Dream Initiative.

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