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Reverse Transfer System Wins PESC 17th Annual Best Practices Competition

Posted on 4/13/2016 by AcademyOne  

PESC awarded AcademyOne and The University of Tennessee 1st place in the 17th Annual Best Practices Competition for their Reverse Transfer System. The submission received high praise from the Review Board Committee for its open and broad collaborative approach, sophisticated automation and technology employed, and for the positive results and outcomes it immediately produced.

Tennessee’s Reverse Transfer system enables students who transfer from community colleges before earning a two-year degree to retroactively receive that credential when requirements are met in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. The system was developed by AcademyOne and implemented with the participation and support of the state’s public and private higher education systems, as well as investments from the state and Lumina Foundation.

Tennessee took the unique approach of creating a statewide reverse transfer technology solution, rather than manually administering isolated, institutional agreements. Tennessee’s Reverse Transfer system automates and optimizes the processes of compiling student credit and performing audit evaluations, easing administrative burdens and allowing two- and four-year institutions to maximize their collaborations. “From a technology perspective, using the PESC standards in the extraction, management and analysis of data from close to thirty institutions and a variety of student information systems was instrumental in the automated work flow we created to support the reverse transfer process,” said Mike McIntyre, President and COO of AcademyOne.

“The reverse transfer program has been an exciting process to watch grow from its original policy concept to full implementation,” said India Lane, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success at The University of Tennessee. “The amount of collaboration among and within institutions has been amazing from the get-go,” said Gloria Gammell, Project Coordinator with The University of Tennessee. “Nearly every campus in the state has made contributions to the process – the commitment is there because it is the right thing to do for our students.” During the first year of implementation, Tennessee has awarded over 800 reverse transfer degrees.

“The Reverse Transfer System is a shining example of success and we hope many look to it as a blueprint,” PESC President and CEO Michael Sessa praised. “When you combine Tennessee’s political wisdom, AcademyOne’s innovative technology, and a collaborative team of stakeholders, all focused on a common goal, the results and positive student outcomes are conclusive. We call that unlocking the power of data,” Mr. Sessa stated.

The award-winning submission is posted on the PESC website with prior winners at An Awards Ceremony will be held during the General Sessions at PESC's Spring 2016 Data Summit being held April 13 – 15, 2015 in Washington DC at the Embassy Row Hotel.

Learn More about the TN Reverse Transfer Project.

About AcademyOne

AcademyOne is a consulting and software development firm serving higher education. The company delivers industry-leading solutions to states and institutions seeking to improve student retention and degree completion rates, especially among the growing population of nontraditional learners.

About Tennessee’s Statewide Higher Education Initiatives

The entire Tennessee educational community is engaged in a collaborative, concerted effort to encourage college enrollment, ease transfer throughout the state’s public and private colleges and universities, encourage near-completers to return to college and obtain a degree, and to increase retention and graduation rates while decreasing time to completion statewide.

About PESC

Established in 1997 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., PESC is an international, 501 (c)(3)non-profit, community-based, umbrella association of data, software and education technology service providers; local, state and federal government agencies; schools, districts, colleges and universities; college, university and state systems; professional, commercial and non-profit organizations; and non-profit associations and foundations.

Through open and transparent community participation, PESC enables cost-effective connectivity between data systems to accelerate performance and service, to simplify data access and research, and to improve data quality along the Education lifecycle. PESC envisions global interoperability within the Education domain, supported by a trustworthy, inter-connected network we call EdUnify - built by and between communities of interest in which data flows digitally and seamlessly from one community or system to another and throughout the entire eco-system when and where needed without compatibility barriers but in a safe, secure, reliable, legal, and efficient manner.

While PESC promotes the implementation and usage of data exchange standards, PESC does not set (create or establish) policies related to privacy and security. Organizations and entities using PESC Approved Standards and services should ensure they comply with FERPA and all local, state, federal and international rules on privacy and security as applicable. For more information, see

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