Council on Postsecondary Education
NEW HANDBOOK, WEB SITE AIM TO INCREASE TRANSFERS
CORRECTION: The correct Web link to the new transfer information on the KnowHow2GOKy.org site is http://www.knowhow2goky.org/transfer. The transfer handbook can be found at http://www.knowhow2goky.org/transfer/transfer_why.php.
Students at Kentucky’s 16 community and technical colleges have two new tools to assist them in furthering their education at a four-year institution. A transfer handbook and Web site have been created to motivate more students to transfer by providing streamlined and relevant information about the transfer process. The handbook was made possible through a partnership between the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
As part of the KnowHow2GOKy outreach initiative kicked off by the Council in May, the handbook outlines three steps to transfer and offers helpful planning tools. Those tools include: checklists of important steps to follow and questions to ask, explanation of transfer policies, lists of transfer contacts for each public and independent institution and an index of transfer scholarships at public institutions. A corresponding online component at KnowHow2GOky.org offers additional resources for exploring careers, searching schools and finding financial aid.
“The Council’s 2004 transfer research showed one of the main barriers to transfer is a lack of information about how to plan and prepare to transfer,” said Dr. Richard Crofts, interim CPE president. “The development and distribution of these planning tools are an important step toward breaking down that barrier.”
The Council’s Double the Numbers Plan, which calls for Kentucky to double the number of college graduates in the state by 2020, indicates the number of students transferring from community and technical colleges to four-year universities must increase from 4,500 to 11,300 by the year 2020. In alignment with this goal, transfer is one of the top three strategic initiatives in KCTCS’s 2020 business plan, “Plan for a Competitive Commonwealth.” As part of this effort, KCTCS will aggressively promote the new handbook, along with additional college-based transfer resources, beginning with the 2008 fall semester.
“We are committed to preparing and encouraging our students to transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Michael McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. “Transfer is a priority for the Commonwealth and a priority for KCTCS. This handbook and Web site are important tools for facilitating our students’ access and success.”
Four-year colleges and universities will also receive copies of the handbook to use in recruiting students to transfer to their institutions.
As highlighted in the transfer handbook, Kentucky postsecondary institutions offer a range of resources to help students transfer including:
- Transfer agreements between KCTCS colleges and public universities that guarantee that courses within a specific major will transfer.
- Completer degrees that allow a student with an associate degree in any area to finish a bachelor’s degree in a general area of study within a similar time frame.
- Transfer contacts at every institution and transfer centers at some institutions specifically designated to help students transfer.
- Joint admission/joint enrollment programs that allow a student to be admitted to a KCTCS college and a university at the same time and enroll in courses that could count toward both an associate and bachelor’s degree.
- Online degree programs that allow students with an associate degree to complete their bachelor’s degree completely online.
The transfer handbook is available on the KnowHow2GOKy Web site at http://www.knowhow2goky.org/transfer.
Kentucky is in the middle of the most dramatic economic and social transformation in its history. Double the Numbers: Kentucky’s Plan to Increase College Graduates explains that increasing bachelor’s degrees is the quickest, most direct way for Kentucky to increase its economic prosperity. College graduates earn more, are healthier, create a more robust economy, and enjoy a higher quality of life. The Double the Numbers plan outlines five statewide strategies for Kentucky to achieve this ambitious, but achievable goal. While this effort will not be easy, the benefits of Doubling the Numbers will be felt by all Kentuckians.