CCAC Students Transferring to Carlow Can Apply Carlow Credits to Associates’s Degree
Carlow University and the Community College of
Allegheny County have agreed to enter into a Reverse Transfer
Credit Agreement, which will allow students who transfer to Carlow
University from CCAC to earn both a bachelor's degree and an
The agreement was signed officially by the presidents of both
institutions at a signing ceremony on April 17, 2019, at 9 a.m. in
the President's Conference Room.
Through the Reverse Transfer program, CCAC students who transfer
to Carlow before earning their associate's degree can apply credits
earned at Carlow towards both a bachelor's degree at Carlow and an
associate's degree at CCAC.
"Because many of today's college students must work while they
are taking university classes, earning an associate's degree can
make them more marketable for employers and may help them secure a
better paying job while in school," said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD,
president of Carlow University. "In addition, studies have shown
that students who earn an associate's degree are more likely to
complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree."
Approximately half of the students who transfer to Carlow each
semester have taken classes at CCAC.
"To be eligible, students must have earned at least 30 credits
at CCAC and at least 12 credits at Carlow to receive their
associate's degree," said Quentin Bullock, DDS, president of The
Community College of Allegheny County.
Students who enroll at a community college often do so with the
intent of transferring to a four-year institution, but if they do
so before completing their associate's degree, the community
college's degree completion rate - a metric by which all
institutions of higher learning are evaluated - will suffer.
This program will help CCAC raise its degree completion rate.
Click here for more information about this program.