March 21, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo - Avila University and Metropolitan Community College (MCC) have entered into a five-year agreement that will allow students who transfer from MCC to Avila prior to achieving their associate’s degree the opportunity to complete that degree while working toward a bachelor’s degree at Avila.
Under the agreement, which is referred to as a reverse transfer agreement, students at Avila may transfer course credits earned at Avila to MCC for the purpose of completing requirements for an associate’s degree.
This is a win-win for everyone involved. Students who participate in this program can begin working on their four-year degree at Avila University while finishing up their remaining class requirements for MCC. At the same time, MCC’s records reflect that these students completed their associate’s degree. Simultaneously, Avila helps move these students forward on their education journey.
“Avila’s relationship with MCC continues to focus on student outcomes,” said Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., Avila University president. “Both institutions are dedicated to providing top-notch academic programs and to building quality working relationships that allow students within this community an opportunity to achieve the degree they desire.”
To take advantage of this agreement, an MCC student must have completed a minimum of 42 credit hours at 100-level or above. Once those requirements are met, MCC will treat hours submitted for reverse transfer as if they were hours earned at MCC. Avila will send transcript coursework to MCC at no cost to the student and provide periodic academic advising to MCC students interested in the program.
“This agreement represents an important way Avila and MCC are helping students be successful,” said Mark James, MCC chancellor. “We know that credentials are particularly important in today’s economy, and this opportunity helps students gain recognition for the academic work they have already completed through the awarding of an associate in arts or associate in science degree while on their way to a baccalaureate goal.”
The agreement is effective at the start of the fall 2012 semester.
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.