Ohio’s Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative started in 2013 to assist eligible students with obtaining an associate degree through collaboration between Ohio’s public institutions. CWID emphasizes degree attainment for students that have some college experience but no degree by offering a pathway to an associate degree. Students can benefit by earning an associate degree while working toward a baccalaureate degree, or by earning a degree with college credit earned at a two-year college attended previously. All of Ohio’s 23 community colleges and 13 universities participate in the Credit When It’s Due initiative, with more than 1,000 degrees already awarded by the end of 2014.
Increasing credential attainment in Ohio is one of the Department of Higher Education’s top priorities. The objectives of the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative directly align with recommendations from the Complete College Ohio Task Force report. CWID provides Ohio’s two-year and four-year institutions the resources to award associate degrees to students who have completed the requisite course work, but have not received a degree.