Credit When It’s Due

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CWID Implementation Profiles (March 2014)
OCCRL partnered with the 15 states to prepare implementation profiles for the CWID convening in Atlanta in March 2014. Click below to view each state’s profile to learn about state implementation efforts and to see the number of associate’s degrees conferred as of March 2014.
Jason L. Taylor, Cari Bishop, Julia Panke Makela, Debra D. Bragg, and Collin M. Ruud
October 2013

Press Release


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 FundsThe 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 the student 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. As the CWID research progresses, OCCRL will release a series of interim reports and products that will be available on this web page.


The Potential Value of a Reverse Transfer Associate Degree: Diverse Values and Perspectives

Jason L. Taylor
May 2013
This newsletter article, featured in OCCRL’s Update on Research and Leadership, considers the potential value of reverse transfer associate degrees from the perspective of students, community colleges, universities, the education system, and employers.
Newsletter Article

All or Nothing? Midpoint Credentials for Students Who Stop Short of the Baccalaureate Degree

Debra D. Bragg, Daniel P. Cullen, Stacy Bennett, and Collin M. Ruud
November 2011
This study reviews the literature on post-freshmen departure and mid-point credentials for students who do not receive a credential, and the study reviews institutions that award mid-point credentials to students.
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Selected Presentations

Reverse Transfer Policies and Practice: Potential Influences on College Completion and Educational Equity
Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education
Presenters: Jason L. Taylor, Julia Panke Makela, Debra D. Bragg, Collin M. Ruud, and Cari Bishop
Date: November 15, 2013

Reverse Transfer: A Growing Opportunity to Increase College Completion?
This presentation provided community college researchers and scholars with information about reverse transfer and CWID.
Speaker: Jason L. Taylor, Debra D. Bragg, Collin M. Ruud, Carianne Bishop, and Julia Panke Makela
Conference: Council for the Study of Community Colleges, San Francisco, CA
Date: April 19, 2013, 9:00AM

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