Transfer partnerships allow students to continue education after earning an associate's degree
Thanks to a growing number of transfer partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions, more students are able to seamlessly continue their education after earning an associate's degree.
For example, one community college in Salt Lake City, Utah, signed an agreement with a traditional college in North Dakota that would allow students to transfer their associate's degree credits in order to earn a bachelor's degree through online coursework.
The source reports that this partnership was designed to appeal to students who had earned a technical credential but wanted to complete a higher level of education in the same area of study.
"This articulation agreement allows students to transition seamlessly from their technical program at [the Utah-based community college] into our [bachelor's] in energy management," said Drake Carter, the provost of the North Dakota-based college. "Graduates of the [bachelor's program] are set to move into managerial positions on the next rung of the career ladder."
According to the New York Times, approximately 33 percent of all students enrolled in two- or four-year degree programs transfer to a different college or university at some point during their academic career.