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 Wednesday by officials from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise 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 Wednesday by UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry and VHCC President Gene C. Couch, Jr.

“The traditional process is for students to take community college classes and apply those credits toward a four-year degree,” Chancellor Henry said. “The reverse transfer agreement we signed today lets students continue to work toward an associate’s degree at VHCC. Earning an associate’s degree while working toward a bachelor’s degree is a strong incentive for success.”

To be eligible for reverse transfer, students must complete at least 15 hours toward a degree program at VHCC before transferring to UVa-Wise. Once 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 UVa-Wise have a long history of working together to help students earn a baccalaureate degree. A Guaranteed Admissions Agreement is currently in place that guarantees eligible VHCC graduates admission to UVa-Wise with junior status.
“The welcoming environment and strong academic programs available at UVa-Wise make it a top choice for our transferring students,” Dr. Couch said. “Reverse transfer is just one more way we can work together to help our students reach their educational goals.”