LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The University of Louisville and its community college partners are marking a significant milestone—1,000 reverse degrees awarded since fall 2013.
Reverse degrees include associates degrees and certificates. They are awarded by community colleges to their former students who have transferred to UofL and earned at least 60 total credit hours, including a minimum of 15 from the community college.
The UofL program is believed to be the only formal reverse degree program in the state.
Jefferson Community and Technical College, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Owensboro Community and Technical College and Ivy Tech Community College are participants in the program. Former JCTC students have been the most frequent beneficiaries with 777 having received more than 1,000 reverse degrees in the past six years. (Some students were eligible for multiple degrees.)
“This is simply a matter of giving credit where credit is due,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. “These reverse degrees recognize the hard work students are already doing. We’re just giving them what they’ve already earned.”
The latest data on reverse degree recipients shows that 62 percent go on to graduate from UofL with a bachelor’s degree. For more information about the reverse degree program, contact Wes Partin, UofL’s associate director of admissions, at 502-852-4959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.