Ohio agency reaches out to boost associate degrees

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s higher education agency is searching for former community college students who transferred to public, four-year colleges before qualifying for an associate degree but may have since accumulated enough credits for one.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/175KwOK ) reports thousands of students are being notified that courses taken after they transferred might make them eligible for two-year degrees. An Ohio Board of Regents initiative is aiming to get associate degrees awarded for such students.

The board’s director of college and career transitions says it found 8,100 students who might qualify and notified their universities. Students must give permission for their transcripts to be sent to their previous schools for a determination on degree eligibility.

Ohio received a $500,000 grant for the program and is one of a dozen participating states.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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