Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 25, 2013

Colleges collaborate for Transfer Madness

Mike James
The Independent

Versailles — The ever-increasing network of agreements among Kentucky public colleges allowing students to transfer their credits can be confusing and intimidating.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the Council on Postsecondary Education are collaborating with 25 colleges with an event they hope will cut through the fog and help more students successfully complete degrees.

The event, Transfer Madness, is a statewide, one-day, online transfer fair during which students can chat with knowledgeable college advisers, research scholarships and download materials.

The online fair will be valuable for current community college students who want to transfer to a four-year institution, high-school students who plan to attend community college and then transfer and students at other colleges who want to transfer, said CPE spokeswoman Sue Patrick.

The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 6. The online venue and 12-hour duration is designed to accommodate schedules of Kentucky’s predominantly nontraditional community college students, many of whom have job and family responsibilities, Patrick said.

Participating institutions include almost all of the state’s public colleges and universities, 16 independent institutions and a for-profit university.

The goal is increasing awareness of pathways to four-year degrees so students can take the classes they need, graduate on time and save money, Patrick said.

Kentucky’s community colleges and public colleges already have streamlined their transfer process for students who earn two-year degrees. All KCTCS general education course credits automatically meet the requirements for four-year public institutions. The next step will be similar arrangements with independent institutions.

 High-school students need to be aware of transfer possibilities when they make their college plans, Patrick said. That way, when they choose majors they can sign up for the appropriate courses.

Further, while they are still in high school they can take courses there that will prepare them for rigorous college work — and lessen the chances they will have to take remedial courses that eat up financial aid money but don’t count toward diplomas.

Interested students may register for the event at transfermadness.org.

The day of the event, registered students may log between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. and navigate to virtual booths for the various colleges occupied by transfer officials prepared to answer questions and offer guidance.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.