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Project Title:Boost College Completions through Reverse Transfer PartnershipsInstitution Name:The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Innovation Category:Student Success Project Director:Thomas J. Grites, Assistant to the Provost Contact Information:(609) 652-4871, Tom.Grites@stockton.eduWebsite:
Project Description:With the growing emphasis on increasing the number of graduates, a new partnership by a southern New Jersey masters’ institution and an area community college takes a novel approach that will improve completion rates while creating winning options for both the students and the colleges. The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Atlantic Cape Community College signed an articulation agreement that features a traditional dual degree program plus features a “reverse transfer” or “reverse back” provision that breaks new ground. This novel program addresses the issue of community college students transferring out before they earn an associate degree.      
Objectives:Atlantic Cape students who transfer to Stockton with a minimum of 32 approved credits will obtain an associate degree after completing an additional 32 credits of approved courses at Stockton. They will then be counted in Atlantic Cape’s graduation rate. These same students will be motivated to achieve a bachelor degree from Stockton, thereby adding to their academic credentials and increasing their employability.

Expected outcomes:

  • Atlantic Cape will see an increase in enrollment from students who ultimately plan to attend Stockton.
  • Atlantic Cape will experience higher graduation rates as students are awarded the associate degree through the reverse transfer feature.
  • Stockton will have expanded admission options through this additional transfer student pathway.

Challenges/Problems Encountered:Strong coordination is needed between Stockton’s admissions office and Atlantic Cape’s transfer counselors to assure that program requirements and program eligibility standards are maintained at both institutions.
Evaluation Approach:The number of students completing the AA degree at Stockton and the increase in graduation records for Atlantic Cape Community College will be the evaluation determinants.
Potential for Replication:The potential exists for The Richard Stockton College to enter into comparable agreements with all nineteen NJ community colleges. Discussions are already underway with two other community colleges. Evidence suggests that any public master’s institution could effectively implement a similar partnership with a community college involving the granting of a reverse-transfer two-year degree.
Additional Resources:

Advising Transfer Students: Strategies for Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Challenges. Grites, Thomas J. and Duncan, Catherine, editors. National Academic Advising Association Monograph Series Number 24, 2012, p. 42.


CEO-to-CEO Contact:Herman Saatkamp , Presidentpresident@stockton.edu
(609) 652-4521
Date Published: Monday, July 1, 2013