The Northern Indiana Catholic College Consortium (NICCC) is a group dedicated to sharing efforts among Catholic colleges.
Ancilla College has an articulation agreement with St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. Ancilla and St. Joseph’s are members of the Northern Indiana Catholic College Consortium (NICCC).
This agreement has a unique reverse transfer component that allows St. Joseph’s to work with Ancilla students to fulfill the completion of the associate degree after a student transfers. This is the first of Ancilla College’s reverse-transfer articulation agreements to offer this option to students said Dr. Joanna Blount, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Ancilla College.
A similar agreement with the NICCC third partner, Calumet College, is in progress.
Blount said students don’t realize the benefits of having the associate degree. Not only does it lock credits into a completed degree, employers see it as a sign of persistence that leads to job placement.
“This process will help Indiana meet its college completion goal. Being able to transfer, yet still earn the associate’s degree, is an important component of on-time completion for students,” Blount said.
While this does lead to an increased completion rate for the college, it is just as advantageous for the student. The completion of the degree “will allow other colleges and employers to see it as the student has persisted through the associate degree,” she said. The additional degree, though already earned, is often not rewarded as students do not take the initiative to complete the process. “The reverse transfer language puts it in the hands of the college.”
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