Report on Indiana Reverse Transfer Released

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education released a report on its recent study of reverse transfer policy for Indiana students.

The study found that while several Indiana state educational institutions have signed reverse transfer degree agreements between themselves, not every institution has done so, and there is no statewide policy in effect. The report points out the benefits of such a policy, reverse transfer examples and development, the state and institutional roles in reverse transfer, and offers several recommendations on: data agreements and consent, enrollment and credits, graduation requirements, degrees and programs of study, funding and financial aid, degree audits of non-transfer students, transcripts and comprehensive records, metrics and data reporting, and federal legislation and FERPA.

"[T]he development of a statewide reverse transfer policy – through legislation or otherwise – is consistent with past policy and legislation and helps fulfill college 18 attainment goals articulated by Indiana policymakers and the Commission," the report states.

The report makes specific reference to proposed legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Drew Ferguson (R-GA). The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2017 (H.R. 3774) would create a new FERPA exemption that would allow the sharing of student information between institutions to facilitate increased college completion rates. AACRAO worked closely with Reps. Messer and Polis and their offices to ensure that the bill would increase the flexibility to complete an assessment of student records and adhere to FERPA standards.


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Reverse Transfer: Context and Policy Guidance