Walsh College and OCC Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement to Benefit Students

Walsh College and Oakland Community College (OCC) have signed a reverse transfer agreement (RTA) enabling students to earn an associate degree from OCC while pursuing a higher-level business or information technology degree at Walsh College.

The RTA, the seventh signed by Walsh, facilitates the transfer of credits from Walsh College to OCC. It allows students to meet the requirements required for an OCC associate degree, helping them earn an additional academic credential.

Previously, students could transfer from OCC to Walsh with an appropriate number of credits but prior to fulfilling requirements for an associate degree. Walsh and OCC Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

With the RTA, eligible students can graduate with both an associate degree from OCC and a bachelor's degree from Walsh College, once requirements are met.

Walsh College President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron and OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer, Ph.D., inked the agreement in a signing ceremony at the OCC Administration Building on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

"Walsh has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with OCC and its graduates," said Bergeron. "This RTA formally strengthens the relationship between our respective colleges, demonstrating our shared commitment to student success and long-term academic achievement."

Added Meyer, "Our partnership with Walsh is represented through faculty respect, collective leadership, and a sharp focus on student success transitioning from one institution to another. OCC students walk into Walsh with a high-level, focused academic experience positioned for success in a higher-education environment."

Walsh College's other RTAs are with Macomb Community College, signed in 2014, and Schoolcraft College, Mott Community College, Henry Ford College, and St. Clair County Community College, all signed in 2015, and Washtenaw Community College, in 2016.

Oakland Community College's other RTAs are with Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Oakland University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Phoenix, and Western Michigan University.

For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu. For more information on OCC, visit www.oaklandcc.edu.

WALSH COLLEGE

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college.  It offers 19 undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs.  One of the region's largest business schools and one of Michigan's top three graduate business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online.

Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management and leadership, marketing, taxation, and other fields.  The faculty integrates theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers.  It includes four Fulbright Scholars, the most of any business school in the state of Michigan.  There are about 27,000 alumni, most of whom live or work in Michigan.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org).  The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve.

A fully accredited college, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Brenda Meller/Assistant Vice President, Walsh College bmeller@walshcollege.edu or 248.823.1205 | Bridget M. Kavanaugh/Interim Manager, Marketing & Communications bmkavana@oaklandcc.edu or 248.341-2020