Booker Wants to Increase Associate Degree Attainment
Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) have introduced the Correctly Recognizing Educational Achievements to Empower Graduates Act. The lawmakers say this legislation will help people receive the degrees that they have already earned by creating incentives for institutions of higher education to establish “reverse transfer” programs, or initiatives to transfer back credits from a four-year institution to the community college where a student without a degree was initially enrolled. It will also make it easier for colleges and universities to share educational records for the limited purpose of awarding degrees. “If a student has earned the credits required for an associate’s degree, they should be able to obtain it, period. Our bill will encourage institutions of higher education to make common sense changes that will give students who have worked hard to earn their associate’s degree the chance to actually receive it, and succeed in today’s economy,” said Booker. More here.