ASU implements reverse transfer program with community colleges

January 7, 2015

Arizona State University has implemented a reverse transfer of credit program with Arizona community colleges that will increase the numbers of students who are earning associate’s degrees.

ASU President Michael Crow had committed to making this service available last year at a state meeting of community college and university presidents. Crow stated, “ASU is dedicated to working in partnership with the state’s community colleges to increase college degree completion.” Download Full Image

Sometimes community college students who transfer to a university will transition prior to completing all of the associate’s degree requirements. For students who were on a transfer pathway to ASU and who had completed 36 or more credits at a public community college (45 or more credits for the Maricopa Community Colleges), but arrived without a completed associate’s degree, ASU will send their academic transcript back to the community college once they have completed 30 credits at ASU.

The community college will then undertake a review of the student’s combined community college and university credits to see if the student meets the requirements for one of their associate’s degrees. ASU will continue sending transcripts back to the community college each semester until such time as the student has a posted associate’s degree or has earned 60 university credits.

Students will not need to pay for this service or take action to start this process. Students who sign up for pathway programs to ASU sign a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) release statement authorizing their data to be shared between their community college and ASU, and vice versa.

ASU Provost Robert Page shared, “This program helps community colleges increase their numbers of degree completers but most importantly, it benefits students by acknowledging completion of their associate’s degree and encouraging their continued pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.”

Recently, ASU was honored with the national excellence award for its support of transfer student success, and the reverse transfer of credit program is one more element of ASU’s comprehensive plan to improve community college relationships and transfer student success.

Questions about the program may be addressed to Academic Partnerships within the Provost’s Office at ASU.

Reporter , ASU Now


ASU criminology and criminal justice online grad program ranked No. 2 in nation

January 7, 2015

Arizona State University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice ranks second nationally in the rankings of online graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. The ranking is the highest of any ASU online graduate program. View the complete list of university rankings here.

“The fact that our online graduate degree is ranked number two in the nation is a reflection of the time and energy that the faculty and staff have devoted to developing a high quality and demanding program that serves the needs of our students,” says Cassia Spohn, director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Ana Perez and Mariela Diaz received their graduate degrees in December 2014 Download Full Image

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions (formally the College of Public Programs), was one of the first at ASU to offer an online graduate program. Since the first degree was awarded in 2010, 329 students have earned their master of arts in criminology and criminal justice, including 73 last month.

Ana Perez is one of them. She traveled from her home in North Carolina to participate in graduation ceremonies.

“I feel that Arizona State has put a lot of thought into how it's running its online programs, especially the criminal justice program,” says Perez. “I'm very impressed with how they do it.”

Perez earned a pre-law degree in justice studies from ASU before moving to North Carolina, where her husband is stationed in the military. She had planned on enrolling in law school there, but as a new mother, thought a master’s degree made more sense. Perez finished in one year with a GPA of 3.85. She will teach part-time as an adjunct instructor at a North Carolina school and hopes to land a position as a crime analyst with the Raleigh Police Department where she volunteers.

Perez appreciated the flexibility an online degree offers. It allowed her to study on her own schedule while working full-time and raising a newborn. She says what stood out about her experience at ASU were the professors and faculty associates she learned from.

“I think the instructors pay special attention to their online students, and [the students] receive the same type of education as someone going to school in person,” Perez says.

Unlike in-person classes that are taught over the course of a fall, spring or summer semester, online courses are taught over seven and a half weeks.

“Honestly, it helped me remember what I learned a lot better,” says Mariela Diaz, who earned her bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice in person and her master’s degree online. “Because they were only seven week classes instead of expanding it out over an entire semester, it was always fresh in my mind.”

Like many of the school’s online graduate students, Diaz wasn’t in a position to take in-person classes. She is a regional profit risk analyst for Kohl’s department stores.

“I oversee 73 stores and I travel a lot,” Diaz says. “So that’s why the MA online was the best choice for me.”

In addition to a master of arts in criminology and criminal justice, the school offers online graduate certificates in law enforcement administration and corrections management for professionals seeking career advancement. A new online graduate degree – a master of arts in emergency management and homeland security – began in fall 2014. The interdisciplinary degree, offered by the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, is one of the fastest growing online degrees at ASU.

Paul Atkinson

assistant director, College of Public Service and Community Solutions