A reverse transfer agreement that makes it easier for students to complete an associate’s degree after enrolling in a four-year program was signed Monday by officials from Emory & Henry College and Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC).
The agreement is designed to recognize the accomplishments of transfer students and provide them with a valuable credential while they continue working toward a bachelor’s degree. It was signed Monday by Emory & Henry President Jake Schrum and Dr. Gene C. Couch Jr., president of VHCC.
This agreement formalizes Emory & Henry’s recognition of the high quality of students who attend Virginia Highlands Community College. For many years, VHCC students have enjoyed great success as they have continued their higher education at Emory & Henry. These students have been among the strongest E&H graduates and have added to our reputation for academic excellence.Jake B. SchrumPresident of Emory & Henry College
To be eligible for reverse transfer, students must complete at least 15 hours toward a degree program at VHCC before transferring to Emory & Henry College. Once a total of 60 credits have been earned, applicable credits will be transferred back to VHCC and an associate’s degree will be awarded.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to recognize transfer students who have reached a significant educational milestone,” Dr. Couch said. “Those who earn an associate’s degree are better prepared for the workplace and, in many cases, have a renewed determination to continue their education.”
VHCC and Emory & Henry have a long history of working together to help students earn a baccalaureate degree. An articulation agreement has been in place for many years and was revised in 2013 to create a Guaranteed Admission Agreement that guarantees eligible VHCC graduates admission to Emory & Henry with junior status.
“Emory & Henry College remains a top choice for transfer students interested in a strong liberal arts education because of the welcoming environment and quality programs available,” Dr. Couch said. “Reverse transfer is just one more way we can work together to help our students reach their educational goals.”
Emory & Henry is a liberal arts college dedicated to graduating students who will excel at the highest levels in their careers and will seek to apply their education and their success to the advancement of their communities through service and leadership. Ranked among the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly, Emory & Henry helps students to start their careers as soon as they enter college through project-based learning designed to solve problems, build resumes and improve their world.
One of 23 community colleges in Virginia, VHCC serves the City of Bristol, Washington County and the western portion of Smyth County by providing career-oriented programs and those designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. Quality, affordable programs have consistently made VHCC the college of choice throughout its service region for nearly 50 years.