What is Uniform Credit Transfer?
Maine is struggling by having a major lack of college graduates. They hold the nation's low for number of their adult population being college education, and part of that is due to the high cost of education. They are encouraging high school students and adults to attend college, but it is getting difficult for people to accomplish this. And even more students are wanting to go further than a 2-year degree, which is why Maine is offering what is called a Uniform Credit Transfer.
About the Uniform Credit Transfer?
The Uniform Credit Transfer is going to make the process of transferring from a 2-year college to a 4-year college much easier. In Maine, more students are attending a 2-year college than a 4-year university right out of high school. There are many reasons for this, with one being, the first 2 years of college end up being less expensive than a university. So Maine wants to help their residents out by making the transfer easier. With the Uniform Credit Transfer, it will be easy to automatically transfer credits from one college to another, and don't waste their credits either.
The Problem With Transferring
Many students choose to go to a state school, then transfer to a university for their final 2 years. It is easier for enrollment to be accepted and saves them money. There are many benefits to doing it this way. Unfortunately, for many students, the majority of the credits they earned at their state school don't even transfer to the university. It is a waste of time and money when they haven't taken classes that transfer. This is why Maine is working on a new uniform credit transfer program. Research has found that one of the big issues is that students aren't aware of what credits they need to be taking.
How the Transfer Program Works
With the implementation of the Uniform Credit Transfer program, students entering state schools will know right away what credits and classes they need. They are given information based on their degree and what university to transfer to, what classes to take. The state colleges will be working closely with local universities in order to make this happen. To a new high school student chooses their major, informs the school counselor of their ideas to transfer after their first 2 years, and is given the exact classes to take. They are informed of what electives transfer, and given the choice of which to take. Some students will take classes for fun, even knowing the credits don't transfer, so that is entirely their choice. But the majority of students simply want transferable credits, and this program makes it easy for them.
Maine overall has a very low graduation rate, and they are hoping that with this program, more residents will be willing to start at a local state school and go on to transfer to a local university.