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NJIT, NJ Community Colleges and National Student Clearinghouse Collaborate to Help Students Earn Degrees

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NJIT Meets NJ Reverse Transfer Sept. 1 Deadline

New Jersey community college students who transfer to the New Jersey
Institute of Technology (NJIT) before earning a degree or certificate
will find it easier to receive a credential retroactively under a new
alliance between NJIT and the National Student Clearinghouse. The
initiative, known as Reverse Transfer, has the potential to help
thousands of New Jersey students and students from other states who
transferred to New Jersey earn their associate's degree.

Through Reverse Transfer, four- or two-year institutions can securely
send course and grade information to any two-year institution from which
a student has transferred. If eligible, the student is then awarded an
associate degree. By law, New Jersey higher education institutions are
required to enter into an operational reverse transfer agreement by
September 1, 2018.

"We are very excited to work with the National Student Clearinghouse to
implement its Reverse Transfer service," said Wendy Lin-Cook, associate
provost for enrollment management and academic services at NJIT. "We
know that our collaborative efforts with local community colleges, such
as Ocean County College, County College of Morris and others, will
benefit students and showcase the community colleges' impact in helping
students earn their degrees."

The partnership, which utilizes the Clearinghouse's Reverse Transfer
service, is expected to boost college completion rates and to generate a
significant increase in the number of community college credentials
awarded. Potential completers are students who are very close to earning
some type of postsecondary credential.

"NJIT's reverse transfer efforts will benefit students and increase New
Jersey's college degree attainment. Studies show that completing an
associate degree yields on average approximately $4,640 to $7,160 per
annum in extra earnings compared to entering college but not completing
an award," said Michelle Blackwell, national manager of reverse transfer
service at the Clearinghouse. "Nationwide, there are more than 4 million
students with some college and no degree, according to our Research
Center. The Clearinghouse's Reverse Transfer service will ensure that
eligible students earn their associate degree and enhance their
employment opportunities."

For more information about reverse transfer, visit the National
Student Clearinghouse's Reverse Transfer webpage
and for details
about the Clearinghouse, visit our media
center
webpage. To learn more about NJIT, go to njit.edu/about.

About NJIT

One of only 32 polytechnic universities in the United States, New Jersey
Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares undergraduate and graduate
students and professionals to become leaders in the technology-dependent
economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and
computing-intensive approach to education provide technological
proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. NJIT has a $1.74
billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey, conducts
approximately $140 million in research activity each year, and is a
global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology,
resilient design, tissue engineering, and cybersecurity, in addition to
others. NJIT is ranked #1 nationally by Forbes for the upward economic
mobility of its lowest-income students and is among the top 2 percent of
public colleges and universities in return on educational investment,
according to PayScale.com.

About the National Student Clearinghouse®

The National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit formed in 1993, is the
trusted source for and leading provider of higher education
verifications and electronic education record exchanges.

The Clearinghouse serves as a single point of contact for the collection
and timely exchange of accurate and comprehensive enrollment, degree,
and certificate records on behalf of its more than 3,600 participating
higher education institutions, which represent 98 percent of all
students in public and private U.S. institutions. The Clearinghouse also
provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing
collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their
alumni.

Through its verification, electronic exchange, and reporting services,
the Clearinghouse saves the education community cumulatively more than
$750 million annually. Most Clearinghouse services are provided to
colleges and universities at little or no charge, including enhanced
transcript and research services, enabling institutions to redistribute
limited staff and budget resources to more important student service
efforts. Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate an
institution's compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws. The
Clearinghouse has signed the Student Privacy Pledge and is the first
recipient of ikeepsafe.org's FERPA compliance badge, which was awarded
to its StudentTracker for High Schools service.

For more information, visit www.studentclearinghouse.org.

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