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Community college, Emporia St. sign transfer pact

Published on -9/28/2012, 7:26 AM

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EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) -- A northeastern Kansas community college hopes to improve its rate of students completing degrees through a new arrangement with Emporia State University.

Students who complete at least 45 college credits at Johnson County Community College will be able to finish their associate's degrees at Emporia State. The schools announced the so-called reverse transfer agreement Thursday.

Johnson County Community College reached a similar agreement with Kansas State University in March.

Community colleges are under pressure to show their students are completing degrees. One concern is that they don't receive credit for many students who transfer to four-year institutions where they earn bachelor's degrees.

The issue is many community college students don't bother earning an associate's degree before transferring. That hurts the community college's completion rate.

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