Making college transfers easier

Transferring to a four-year college or university from North Central Michigan College will now be even simpler thanks to new transfer agreements signed with 25 Michigan colleges and universities.

“This will benefit our students tremendously,” said Dr. David Roland Finley, president of North Central.  “The percentage of North Central students who transfer to a four-year institution has increased over the past five years to approximately 30 percent.  This agreement will ensure their seamless transfer for completion of a bachelor’s degree, making it easier for them to reach their academic goals.  We believe students get their best start at North Central, and our region — and the entire Tip of the Mitt — benefits as a result.”

Transfer agreements will allow North Central students to transfer more credits to four-year schools in the areas of biology, business, criminal justice and psychology. The new agreements specify major-specific courses that students should complete while enrolled at North Central that are common across all institutions in Michigan.  The identification of these courses makes it easier for students to complete essential courses before deciding where to transfer.

North Central advisors now have details available for students about which courses they should complete and how those courses apply to degree programs at the participating universities.

“Transferring from community college to a four-year college or university is more common than ever,” said Erica Lee Orians, executive director of the Michigan Center for Student Success at the Michigan Community College Association. “Our community colleges want to ensure that students receive credit for the courses they have completed when they take the next step in their education.”

The initiative was funded through the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget, which included a one-time appropriation to support this initiative, the redesigned Michigan Transfer Network at www.mitransfer.org, work to build stronger math pathways, and efforts to award credit for military experience.

A study conducted by the National Student Clearinghouse found that 52 percent of bachelor’s degree earners in Michigan previously enrolled at a community college, which is higher than the national average of 49 percent.

The Michigan Center for Student Success is leading the statewide initiative for the MCCA in partnership with the Michigan Association of State Universities and the Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities. The project continues through fall 2020, and North Central is working on completing additional agreements in other academic program areas.

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