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NIU, Kishwaukee leaders to sign innovative reverse transfer agreement Friday

January 22, 2014

Photo of handshakeLt. Governor Sheila Simon will join Northern Illinois University President Douglas Baker, Kishwaukee College President Tom Choice and other school officials on Friday to preside over the signing of a reverse transfer agreement allowing Kishwaukee students to complete their associate degrees after transferring to NIU.

They will be joined by NIU director of Registration & Records Jerry Montag and Sedgwick Harris, vice president of Student Services at Kishwaukee College. NIU student and reverse transfer candidate Grace Martin will also talk about what the agreement will mean to students such as her.

President Baker has worked tirelessly since arriving at NIU to build partnerships with other educational institutions as well as build community. Agreements such as this make reverse-transfer and earning associate degrees as simple and transparent as possible for NIU students and empower them to receive in-demand postsecondary credentials.

Simon has been a strong proponent of working to increase the proportion of working-age adults with college degrees and touted NIU’s reverse articulation program in her College Completion Playbook released late last year.

Simon released her College Completion Playbook while hosting a two-day Scaling Up invitational conference in Bloomington in November. More than 150 higher education administrators from around the state received the guide on how to help more students complete college at less cost. The guide collects the effective practices of leading educators, national experts, faculty, administrators and other professionals. The playbook specifically noted NIU’s innovative work to streamlining course credit transfers from one school to another.

Simon serves as the state’s point person on education reform. In this capacity, Simon is working to increase the proportion of working-age adults with college degrees or certificates to 60 percent by 2025. She aims to make our state workforce prepared for the highly skilled jobs of the future to improve employment opportunities and ensure continued economic growth.

Event Information

DATE: Friday, Jan. 24

TIME: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

LOCATION: Student Lounge, C-1130, Kishwaukee College Student Center (parking in Lot A), 21193 Malta Rd., Malta, Ill.