Legislative Column for the Week of October 12, 2015
College Credit Reverse Transfers

Education is one of the Legislature’s top priorities. In today’s society, degreed individuals have better opportunities in the professional job market. With that being said, some students complete two-year programs and then pursue higher degrees, only to encounter some conditions in life that prevent them from achieving their scholastic goals.

In 2012, the Missouri Reverse Transfer Program (MRT) was implemented with input from the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE). The program allows students with credits from two-year and four-year colleges to transfer credits back to the two-year program in order to obtain an associate degree, even if they no longer attend college.

After a one-year pilot program, it was officially introduced statewide in 2014, and included 40 institutions. To date, more than 250 associate degrees have been awarded to Missouri students using this program. As a result, Missouri has been recognized as a leader in the reverse transfer industry.  

This is an ideal program for helping students and former students reach their goals, as there is no time limit to use the program.

For complete details on this program, visit  http://dhe.mo.gov/MOReverseTransfer.php.

As always, I encourage my constituents to contact me throughout the year with comments, questions or suggestions by calling my office at (573) 751-5713. To find more information about the bills I sponsor, visit www.senate.mo.gov/brown.

Thank you for reading this and for your participation in state government.