GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College officials have signed a reverse transfer agreement with Western Illinois University to allow the transfer of credits between the two schools.
On Oct. 30, administrators from Sandburg and Western signed an academic partnership agreement that will allow students to transfer coursework from WIU to meet their remaining graduation requirements for an associate degree at Sandburg.
"Carl Sandburg College is excited to form this agreement with Western Illinois University, allowing students an additional opportunity to complete their degree from Sandburg," said Sandburg President Dr. Lori Sundberg. "Sandburg and WIU continue to have a strong partnership, and we're pleased to offer this as another avenue for student success through both institutions."
According to Ken Hawkinson, provost and academic vice president at Western, coursework transferred from the four-year university to the two-year college is commonly referred to as "reverse transfer." This agreement is intended to respond to President Barack Obama's and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's charges to increase degree completion among college students.
Hawkinson said the new agreement would allow any WIU student to transfer up to 50 credit hours to Sandburg to be counted toward an associate degree.
While a student may seek to complete a baccalaureate degree from Western, transfer students who complete an associate degree have a four-year graduation rate of 79.0 percent compared to 52.7 percent for students without an associate degree. Students who have completed an associate degree in a baccalaureate-oriented program at an accredited Illinois two-year institution, such as Sandburg, will be considered to have completed Western’s general education curriculum.
"We are pleased to enter into this partnership with Carl Sandburg College to create additional educational opportunities for students," said WIU President Jack Thomas. "This agreement further strengthens our partnership with Carl Sandburg College, and provides a seamless transition between the two schools."