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Michigan Community Colleges Launch Historic Statewide Transfer Agreements

Posted at 3:43 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-08 23:41:06-05

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s 28 community colleges have signed four historic transfer agreements with 25 four-year colleges and universities in Michigan, the Michigan Community College Association announced today. The agreements will allow community college students to transfer more credits to 25 universities in Michigan in four academic programs including biology, business, criminal justice, and psychology.

The new agreements specify major-specific courses that students should complete while enrolled in community college that are common across all institutions in Michigan. The identification of these courses makes it easier for community college students to complete essential courses before deciding where to transfer.

University faculty and staff participated in several statewide convening's to identify and communicate these courses. Community college advisers and counselors now have details available for students about which courses they should complete and how those courses apply to degree programs at the participating universities.

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.

“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 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 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, work to build stronger math pathways, and efforts to award credit for military experience.

“This is the culmination of years of collaboration between colleges and universities in Michigan. I am delighted that we are able to provide stronger transfer pathways to our students.” Said Jean Goodnow, president of Delta College and member of the statewide steering committee on transfer.

The project continues through fall 2020 and institutions are working on completing additional agreements in other academic program areas.

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