Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) students are now able to have easy transfers to 25 Michigan colleges and universities due to the signing of transfer agreements.
“Making it easier to transfer course credits from the community college to a university reduces or eliminates a potential barrier for students to continue their education and the completion of their degrees,” says Patrick McNally, district vice chancellor, curriculum and distance learning. “Our mission has always been to help provide pathways to better lives through higher education, and this agreement is an important part of that.”
Students who are studying biology, business, criminal justice, and psychology will be qualified to transfer more credits through the new agreements. The deal includes students completing courses that are equivalent to courses at the other institutions.
WCCCD advisers will have details available for students who require further transfer details and information about degree programs at eligible universities.
“Transferring from community college to a four-year college or university is more common than ever,” says 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 a one-time appropriation in the fiscal year 2018 state budget. To support the initiative, the redesigned Michigan Transfer Network at www.mitransfer.org, is being used to make stronger math pathways and efforts to award credit for military experience.
According to a study by the National Student Clearinghouse, 52 percent of bachelor’s degree earners in Michigan previously enrolled at a community college. This is higher than the national average of 49 percent.
The Michigan Center for Student Success is an initiative for the Michigan Community College Association in partnership with the Michigan Association of State Universities and the Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities. WCCCD is working on completing additional agreements in other academic programs while the project continues through fall 2020.
WCCCD is an urban multi-campus community college in Michigan. The college serves nearly 70,000 students across 36 cities and townships. It has six campus locations.