Senate Bill Would Ease Students’ Path To Associate Degrees

Career College Central summary:

  • A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would let students who don’t finish four-year degrees use their course credits to claim associate degrees, reports The Charlotte Observer. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat, and Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, is designed to help community-college students who transfer to four-year programs but don’t end up graduating from either institution.
  • In reverse-transfer programs, four-year colleges send a student’s records back to the two-year institution from which he or she transferred. The community college then awards the associate degree if the student earned enough credits. North Carolina is currently testing the concept as part of a pilot program.
  • If passed, the bill would become part of legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. A bill to reauthorize the act, which is slated to be introduced by Senate Democrats next week, is chock-full of Democratic policy priorities, and is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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