Wednesday, October 7, 2009

In Other News: Transferring Credits to a Four-Year Degree

While it seems like all we (or anyone in Pennsylvania) have been focusing on recently is the PA budget process, the fact remains that other legislation is being discussed in Harrisburg. One piece of legislation, SB 820, is important to help students gain the education that makes the most sense for them.

Currently in Pennsylvania, a student who attends a community college, state-system university, or a participating private college is able to transfer up to 30 credits towards their graduation. While this is a good step, we still have many students who, after earning associate's degrees, try to transfer to a four-year school only to find that not all of their classes count towards a four-year degree, creating a costly barrier to college completion.

Under SB 820, agreements would be established among the 33 participating institutions to apply their entire associate's degree (up to 60 credits) to a baccalaureate program. These students will be able to avoid retaking classes they have already passed, and will be able to move more quickly towards achieving their baccalaureate degree.

What do you think of this program? Have you had any problems in transferring credits? Please let us know in the comments section!

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