Western Michigan University has inked yet another reverse transfer agreement with a Michigan community college – its ninth so far.
Two more are in the works, the university said.
Under the agreement, which was which was signed by WMU President John Dunn and WCCCD Chancellor Curtis Ivery, Wayne County Community College District students will be able to combine WCCCD and WMU credits to earn an associate degree.
“We’re thrilled to further develop our partnership with WMU and provide additional options for students who are seeking a better life through higher education,” said Ivery in a statement. “This partnership is an excellent example of the type of cooperation in higher education that directly benefits our students and increases their opportunities to complete a four-year degree.”
The reverse transfer agreement is just the latest in a growing partnership between the two institutions. In February, the two signed a “two-plus-two” agreement that allows WCCCD students to transfer to WMU after two years.
Instead of moving across state to the main campus in Kalamazoo, though, they can take advanced courses at WCCCD’s University Center in Harper Woods. (Under the agreement, the students will take a mix of online and traditional classes.) In addition, WMU also has office and advising space at WCCCD’s Northwest Campus on West Outer Drive in Detroit.
WMU has been establishing a greater presence on the east side of the state since at least 2010, when it opened a regional location in Royal Oak to act as a base for its Detroit-area operations.
“Future plans call for even more opportunities for Southeast Michigan traditional and nontraditional students to enroll in WMU degree programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels,” WMU said in a press release.
Under the terms of the new agreement, transfer students who have earned at least 15 credits at WCCCD can apply for an associate degree using credits earned at WMU. For students who leave the community college earlier, this will allow them to add a credential to their resume, which would be available if they needed to join the work force before finishing their bachelor’s degree.
“This reverse transfer agreement works to strengthen our joint commitment to students,” Dunn said in a statement. “It is one more signal to our students that our focus is squarely on them and our intent, always, is to do whatever we can to maximize their future options.”
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