A report from Education Commission of the States defines reverse transfer and explores how states and organizations might use the policy as one approach to support increasing degree completion. 

Boosting college completion rates is an issue on the minds of many policymakers around the nation. States, the business community and other interested parties agree -- more students need to earn a college degree if workforce demands of the 21st century are to be met. 

Reverse transfer is one innovative way education leaders are addressing the challenge. Through reverse transfer policies and programs, students can combine credits they earned at two- and four-year institutions to be awarded an associate degree while also working toward a bachelor's degree.