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CWID Implementation Profiles Available Online, Nearly 3,000 Associate’s Degrees Conferred

by Jason L. Taylor / Apr 25, 2014

OCCRL is pleased to release profiles of 15 states participating in the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative. Twelve states were awarded CWID grants from five foundations in 2012, and three additional states joined the initiative in late 2013. The profiles describe implementation of “reverse transfer” policies and practices occurring in the states as of March 2014 when the states and funders participated in the CWID convening in Atlanta (see this OCCRL blog for a summary of the convening).


What do the state CWID profiles say?  Each profile provides a snapshot of the state implementation context, implementation timeline, key implementation strategies, number of associate’s degrees conferred as of March 2014, the states’ reverse transfer process, implementation successes and challenges, and institutions participating in CWID.

As of March 2014, 2,940 associate’s degrees had been conferred through reverse transfer in 9 of the initial 12 states participating in CWID. This number will grow because state efforts to confer degrees are just beginning, with several states yet to confer any degrees through the CWID initiative.  Degree conferral will continue to increase in the coming months, and OCCRL will report updated numbers at the end of the grant period.

What questions do you have about transfer and associate degree conferral when you read the state profiles?  What would you like to know?   We will like to hear your thoughts.

Jason L. Taylor is a postdoctoral research associate at OCCRL and is the project director for the CWID research team at OCCRL.

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