MONTGOMERY - Troy University and Southern Union State Community College officials signed an agreement today that would enable transfer students to complete their associate's degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree.
The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former Southern Union students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to Southern Union State Community College for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from Southern Union State Community College, will have earned at least three semester credit hours from Troy University, and will be in good standing at both institutions.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, said there has always been a strong link between the Alabama Community College System and TROY. Nearly 500 current TROY students formerly attended Southern Union.
"The agreement we sign today will increase our service to students by providing an easier path to the associate degree," Dr. Hawkins said. "The more we can reward people in a very symbolic and meaningful fashion, the more it translates into both dollars and sense for these people and the state of Alabama."
Gerald Dial, President Pro-Tem of the TROY Board of Trustees, said the agreement will tangibly demonstrate the capabilities of the people of Alabama.
"Alabamians are smart people, but if you look at the statistics we don't have that many with degrees," Dial said. "This will let the whole world know that we have great people in this state."
The Reverse Transfer agreement represents an innovative way to serve students, said Dr. Mark Heinrich, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.
"What is being done here today will provide students a better opportunity to complete their education and contribute in a meaningful way in our great country and world," Dr. Heinrich said. "It is so important that we are innovative and come up with new ways to serve our students."
Dr. Glenda Colagross, Interim President of Southern Union, said many Southern Union students transfer without finishing their associate degrees, sometimes only lacking one or two courses.
"That's what reverse transfer is all about, being able to identify those students and give them that award from the community college," Dr. Colagross said. "The student wins because they get a degree that gives them a workforce credential they didn't have before and a milestone that gives them an extra boost to get that bachelor's degree."
The agreement with Southern Union is the first of several such partnerships for TROY. Future agreement signings are planned with Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia and Wallace Community College in Dothan.
Troy University Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., and Southern Union State Community College Interim President Dr. Glenda Colagross shake hands after signing a Reverse Transfer Agreement during a ceremony today on TROY's Montgomery Campus, as Gerald Dial, President Pro-Tem of the TROY Trustees, and Dr. Mark Heinrich, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, look on.