Six colleges and universities in Michigan's Upper Peninsula have forged a formal agreement to help students get a degree in reverse.
The "reverse transfer" agreement announced this week allows students to apply academic credits awarded at the bachelor's degree level to an unfinished associate's degree.
Finlandia University President Philip Johnson says the option will help give students a degree they can use to enter the workforce while working toward a bachelor's degree. He says an associate's degree is "a valuable credential" in the job market, as evidence of career preparation and advancement.
Joining the Hancock university in the program are Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, Bay College and Gogebic Community College.