Webster Receives State Grant for Missouri Reverse Transfer Initiative

| June 20, 2014
The grant will help help students with Missouri community college credit to complete their Associate degrees while studying at Webster.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education grant will help help students with Missouri community college credit to complete their Associate degrees while studying at Webster.

The state’s Department of Higher Education (MDHE) has awarded Webster University $3,000 as part of a Lumina grant to facilitate our implementation of the Missouri Reverse Transfer Initiative, which helps students with Missouri community college credit complete their Associate degrees while studying at Webster.

Following House Bill 1042 from 2012 as its charge, the MDHE has coordinated a state wide initiative to raise the number of Missourians with post-secondary credentials by facilitating the granting of Associate degrees on the basis of credits earned at four year institutions.

The Missouri Reverse Transfer Initiative goes live for Fall 2014 when the committee will begin reaching out to Webster University transfer students with at least 15 hours from a state community college to coordinate their status with the community college they come from, sharing transcripts through the Student Clearinghouse, and monitoring their progress.

The Office of Academic Affairs appointed Kim Kleinman, assistant director for Undergraduate Advising, as Webster University’s reverse transfer coordinator. “When I go to state meetings, I see the role Registrars and Admissions staffs play at other institutions. I am glad that we have colleagues from those offices—and more—who have been involved in our process from the very beginning,” Kleinman observed.

Working with Kleinman are Justin Bitner, Research Manager, Office of Institutional Effectiveness; Craig Carmichael, director of Digital Marketing and Communications; Chrissy Gilbert, transfer and articulation coordinator for the Office of Admissions; and Don Morris, University Registrar. The committee has been joined and supported by Beth Russell, assistant provost, and James Myers, associate vice president for Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid.

Questions about the Missouri Reverse Transfer initiative should be directed to Kleinman at kleinman@webster.edu.

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