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Sept. 28, 2012
Northwest Missouri State University and North Central Missouri College commemorated their reverse transfer agreement – and its first graduate as a result of the agreement – this week with a signing ceremony at North Central’s Trenton campus.
The reverse transfer arrangement between the two academic institutions helped Shayla Cridlebaugh, of Princeton, earn her associate degree. Cridlebaugh attended North Central for three semesters and earned several credit hours before transferring to Northwest, where she is now a biology education major and plans to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in spring 2013. After graduation, she plans to be a secondary education science teacher.
“This degree gives me an opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments that I attained at North Central Missouri College, which were the building blocks of the success I've had at Northwest,” Cridlebaugh said. “I deeply appreciate this degree, which acknowledges the work I've put into my ultimate goal of receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in biology education.”
Recently-passed state legislation allowed Cridlebaugh to transfer some of her Northwest credit hours back to North Central to finish her associate degree. She is one of the first in the state of Missouri to take advantage of this reverse transfer option. During the process, a student’s four-year college transcript is reviewed by a two-year college, which may award the credits necessary for the student to qualify for an associate degree, assuring portability of credits.
Students who have completed at least 15 credit hours at North Central and at least 75 credit hours at Northwest may be eligible for the reverse transfer program. Among the program’s benefits, students have the opportunity to add a degree to their resume and boost their earning power while pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
This week’s ceremony brought Cridlebaugh together with the legislation’s sponsors, Sen. David Pearce of Warrensburg and Rep. Mike Thomson of Maryville, and the presidents of the cooperating institutions, Dr. John Jasinski of Northwest and Dr. Neil Nuttall of North Central.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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