University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) signed an agreement Tuesday that assists students in completing a “reverse transfer” associate degree while working on their bachelor’s degree. Approximately 322 former HFCC students currently studying at UM-Dearborn will meet the initial selection criteria for participation in this program.
With more than 400 students annually transferring from HFCC to UM-Dearborn, this new program creates a process that allows students who have earned a minimum of 30 credits at both schools and met GPA requirements to earn a general studies associate degree. Most associate degrees require 60-72 credits for completion.
“When I transferred to UM-Dearborn, I didn’t completely realize the importance of an associate degree. I’m excited to go through the process of receiving the associate degree that I’ve earned so that I have one more credential to stand out,” said Erika Lynch, senior, health policy studies, UM-Dearborn.
This new agreement marks a well-established partnership between HFCC and UM-Dearborn. “UM-Dearborn and HFCC have a shared commitment to the success of our students, which this agreement further demonstrates,” said Daniel Little, chancellor, UM-Dearborn. He added that the signing of this reverse transfer agreement “will continue to extend enriching opportunities to HFCC students who choose to join the UM-Dearborn community. It is our hope that this partnership will facilitate students in adding to their academic credentials, thereby increasing their readiness for their future careers.”
Leaders from both institutions joined together to celebrate the agreement during a special signing ceremony. Gail Mee, president of HFCC, believes this agreement will further deepen the relationship between the two institutions while providing opportunities for students to earn additional academic credentials.
“We are very pleased to partner with UM-Dearborn on this important agreement and look forward to many more years of collaboration as we continue to pursue efforts to ensure student success.”
This is the second Reverse Transfer agreement for UM-Dearborn. The first was developed with Schoolcraft College in June 2012. For more information visit http://www.umd.umich.edu/rr_reversetransfer/. As directed by the State of Michigan in Public Act 62, other Michigan community colleges and universities have recently signed similar agreements to provide a seamless transfer experience and increase student retention and degree completion at both levels.