New Dual Degree Program Eases Transfer to Stockton

Atlantic Cape and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey last summer signed a Dual Degree Program (DDP) articulation agreement that simplifies the transfer and admission process for students who wish to attend Stockton. The agreement also contains a "reverse transfer" feature designed to help boost Atlantic Cape's graduation rates.

Atlantic Cape-Stockton Dual Degree Program Articulation Agreement Signing July 26

Students who successfully complete the program will earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from Atlantic Cape as well as a bachelor's degree from Stockton in their chosen field of study. Program participants who complete an Atlantic Cape associate degree will be guaranteed admission to Stockton as juniors with no loss of credit, up to a maximum of 64 credits.

The program also is open to currently enrolled Atlantic Cape students who have not applied to Stockton as first-year applicants if they submit a DDP form along with their transfer application.

"The Dual Degree Program Articulation Agreement between Atlantic Cape and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is an innovative and cost-effective alternative pathway to education," said Dr. Peter L. Mora, president. "The agreement creates an opportunity for students residing in Atlantic and Cape May counties to obtain a bachelor's degree from Stockton College, and is another example of the successful collaboration between Atlantic Cape and Stockton."

For students, the DDP offers these benefits:

  • Provides students guaranteed admission and a seamless transfer with no loss of credits to Stockton College, the number one college to which Atlantic Cape students transfer.
  • Allows a considerable savings on tuition and fee costs over the first two years of their education; transfer students will have their Stockton application fee waived.
  • Gives increased motivation to achieve two valuable degrees. The associate degree also provides students a marketable employment credential while they pursue a bachelor's degree.

'Reverse Transfer' Feature Designed to Boost Graduation Rates

In addition to its traditional transfer provisions, the DDP agreement includes a novel aspect that breaks new ground in the form of a "reverse transfer" feature.

Under that feature, Atlantic Cape students who transfer to Stockton with a minimum of 32 approved credits also will have their achievements recognized with an associate degree from Atlantic Cape when they complete an additional 32 credits of approved courses at Stockton. These students will then be counted in Atlantic Cape's graduation totals, thus positively influencing completion rates.

For Atlantic Cape, the "reverse transfer" portion of the new DDP addresses an issue the college has long faced-losing its students before they graduate when they transfer to a four-year college. In the 2009 cohort, the most recent one studied, 15.5 percent of first-time full-time students left the college for a four-year college before earning an associate degree. The majority of those students went to Stockton. In the past three years alone, 442 students transferred to Stockton with at least 32 credits before finishing their two-year degree.

The DDP will offer Atlantic Cape two positive outcomes:

  • An increase in enrollment from students who ultimately wish to attend Stockton and
  • Higher graduation rates due to the award of associate degrees to students who would not previously have received them.

Read more about the unique "reverse transfer" aspect of the Dual Degree Program in the Community College Times.