The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

May 13, 2013

Drake State, Athens State collaborate on reverse transfer agreement

The News Courier

— J. F. Drake State Technical College and Athens State University have partnered to develop a reverse transfer agreement that benefits students who attend both institutions.

Dr. Robert Glenn, president of Athens State University and Dr. Helen T. McAlpine, president of Drake State Technical College finalized the preparations for the agreement on Monday. It became effective upon its signing, and will remain in effect unless terminated by either institution.

The agreement will give students who attended Drake State but who transferred to ASU prior to completing their associate’s degree an opportunity to earn that community college degree.

While attending Athens State, university credits can be transferred back to Drake State, allowing these students to complete their degree requirements without losing any university credit. 

Students are eligible for the program when they have earned at least 12 semester credits at Drake State, have earned at least three semester credits at Athens State and are in good standing at both institutions.

“We have always had a good working relationship with Drake State,” Glenn said. “This agreement strengthens that collaboration. By moving partnerships like this forward, it helps the two institutions meet the overall goal of President Obama’s College Affordability and Completion goals. This encourages all higher education institutions to assist in increasing the number of college graduates.”