Marking a milestone—1,000 reverse degrees awarded to UofL students


    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





    John Karman, III
    John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. He has served as director of media relations since 2015. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John can die happy after seeing the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series, although he would also enjoy another title.