Federal official calls for transfer credit reform
A leading official in the U.S. Department of Education has called for universities to facilitate the process of transferring credits between institutions of higher learning, reports Diverse Education.
Speaking at a forum about success strategies for modern students, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges Frank Chong decried the fact that complicated rules sometimes make it difficult for students to get full credit for coursework they have completed at other colleges or universities.
A paper discussed at the forum hypothesized that students who transfer from community colleges to four-year colleges must complete 140 credits - 20 more than the standard amount required to earn a degree.
According to the New York Times, approximately one out of every three students enrolled in two- or four-year colleges transfer at some point during their academic careers.
"[Twenty-first-century students are] working full-time jobs, taking care of parents, taking care of kids, have an illness," said Amy Sherman, the associate vice president for policy and strategic alliances at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. "All of these things have created a system where they’re going to be stopping in and out."
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