OXFORD, Miss. – Students who begin their college course work at Mississippi community colleges before transferring to one of the state’s public four-year universities can receive their associate’s degree by simply saying “yes” during the enrollment process. The program, called reverse transfer, began as a pilot at Ole Miss and is now available at all of Mississippi’s institutions of higher learning.
Ole Miss began the pilot in 2012 by collecting five years’ worth of data about students who came to the university from a community college and could potentially benefit from such a program, said Charlotte Fant Pegues, UM assistant provost. The provost’s office collaborated with other campus entities to reach out to approximately 1,600 students. Although the pilot initially included only Northeast Community College, Pegues said she quickly saw the need for expansion.
“Although a student may have come to us from NECC, the student may have actually earned the required credits from a different community college and could therefore receive a degree from that particular institution,” Pegues explained. “We have now been able to engage advisers from all of Mississippi’s community colleges to help make students aware of this program as they transfer out to one of our public universities.”