The presidents from Carlow University and the Community College of Allegheny County will sign a reverse transfer agreement that will allow students who transfer from CCAC the opportunity to earn their associate's degree using Carlow credits.
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Drew Wilson, Director, Media Relations
April 11, 2019
CCAC Students Transferring to Carlow Can Apply Carlow Credits to Associate Degree
Pittsburgh, Pa. –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 associate degree.
The agreement will be 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, located on the fifth floor of University Commons, on the Carlow campus. The news media is invited to cover the signing ceremony.
Through the Reverse Transfer agreement, CCAC students who transfer to Carlow before earning their associate degree can apply credits earned at Carlow towards both a bachelor’s degree at Carlow and an associate degree at CCAC.
Earning an associate degree can make students more marketable to employers and get better jobs while they are still in school. In addition, students who earn an associate 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 degree. A total of 120 credits are required to earn a bachelor’s degree from Carlow.
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 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.
For more information about this agreement, please call Carlow’s Admissions department at (412) 578-6059.
Editor’s Note: The news media is welcome to cover the signing ceremony. Please contact Drew Wilson on his mobile phone (412) 260-6807 to arrange convenient, free parking.
About Carlow University
Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in four colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, Learning and Innovation, and Professional Studies. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change. Carlow’s 13 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.
About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
Since its founding in 1966, CCAC has flourished, becoming the educational powerhouse it is today—a nationally renowned two-year college dedicated to serving all members of the community. From groundbreaking student success initiatives to top-ranked academic and career-based programs, CCAC continues to be the college of choice for nearly one out of three adults in the Greater Pittsburgh metropolitan region.
Every year, more than 25,000 students enroll at CCAC, taking advantage of nearly 160 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs while thousands more access noncredit and workforce development courses. Comprising four campuses and four neighborhood centers, as well as other offsite locations, CCAC is honored to have one of the largest veteran student populations in the state and takes pride in ranking among the nation’s top community colleges for the number of individuals graduating in nursing and other health-related professions.
CCAC graduates have transferred to the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities, have obtained the most academically challenging and competitive degrees and can be found at leading companies, organizations and institutions throughout the country. CCAC alumni are actively engaged in every sector of society, providing leadership to scores of economic, scientific, civic and philanthropic entities both in the Pittsburgh region and around the world. Visit ccac.eduto learn more.