Calhoun, Athens State Partner for Degree Completion
Standing, l-r: Athens State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ron Cromwell, and Calhoun Community College Vice President for Instruction and Student Success Alicia Taylor. Seated, l-r: Athens State President Dr. Robert Glenn, and Calhoun Community College President Dr Marilyn Beck.
Dr. Robert Glenn, president of Athens State, Dr. Marilyn Beck, Calhoun president, and representatives from both institutions met on February 28, 2012, at Athens State to sign the articulation agreement officially kicking-off the program.
According to the partnership agreement, the program gives students who attended Calhoun but transferred from the college to Athens State prior to completing their associate’s degree an opportunity to earn their degree. While attending Athens State, university credits will be transferred back to Calhoun allowing these students to complete their degree requirements without losing any university credit. There will be no additional cost to the students for participating in the reverse transfer program.
"This partnership between Athens State and Calhoun represents yet another initiative in which we are both involved that is not only benefitting our students, but the region that we both serve," commented Beck. "It provides a wonderful opportunity for Calhoun students to complete their associate's degree while they are pursuing their bachelor's degree at Athens State without any interruption in their studies, and helps us to meet President Obama's College Completion Goal, which encourages all higher education institutions to increase the number of college graduates," Beck added.
We believe the reverse transfer agreement helps our students and helps our community college partners in significant ways,” stated Glenn. “My only regret is that we did not put this into place sooner because it is a true and tangible benefit to all the parties involved.” Students will have to meet the degree requirements for Calhoun and will then be eligible to participate in the college’s graduation ceremonies.