The Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative is a national grant program designed to facilitate the implementation and improve the process of “reverse transfer” degree programs. CWID represents a joint venture of several foundations: Lumina Foundation
, The Kresge Foundation
, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
, USA Funds
, The Helios Education Foundation
, and Greater Texas Foundation
. The following 15 states have been awarded CWID grants: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas. As explained in the CWID grant announcement
, “The initiative is designed to encourage partnerships of community colleges and universities to significantly expand programs that award associate degrees to transfer students when students complete the requirements for the associate degree while pursuing a bachelor’s degree.” Lumina Foundation and the Gates Foundation are supporting OCCRL to conduct the research for the CWID initiative. OCCRL’s research design consists of three related studies: Baseline Study, Policy Implementation and Data Capacity Study, and Impact Study.