LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - State Education leaders announced a new initiative providing associate degrees for college students with an unfinished bachelor degree.
Funded through a $500,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, the "Credit When It's Due" program uses data collected by the Arkansas Research Center to identify students achieving 60 credits from an Arkansas college or university who have yet to earn any type of degree.
Arkansas is one of twelve states participating in the project, and thousands of students are expected to qualify for the degrees at all of the state's 33 colleges and universities.
Currently, degrees are only available for students who transferred from a 2-year college to a 4-year university in the fall of 2008 but Interim State Higher Education Director Shane Broadway says the program should include all students in the future.
Arkansas ranks 49th in the nation in percentage of population with a college degree.