An educational hot topic touches every state of the Union. Depending on where the state is depends upon the topic at debate. In this case, the local educational hot topic at the center of debate is in Michigan. South Central Michigan seems to be in a direct path for higher educational news debates due in part the many colleges and universities throughout this area of Michigan.
At least one-third of all students who enter the higher educational arena know that they will no doubt enter different colleges before they earn the expected degree. This information, compiled through the (1) National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that nearly one-third of all students transfer to two or more colleges.
Before a student obtains their degree, they may transfer from a two-year college to a four-year college, from one two-year College to another or from one four-year College to another. There are many different reasons why students transfer from one college to another. The life of the student changes and reasons involve family, illnesses, cost of education between colleges, relocation and much more. Students also know that an online education is less expensive than a campus setting.
Students frequently find that the transfer process from one college to another can be frustrating and difficult. The State of Michigan feels they can make the transfer process easier and quicker for many students. Frequently students lose valuable time, money and credits earned during the transfer process. Sometimes valuable credits earned through one college are not accepted at another college so the student must take the course (s) again, costing the student even more money, they cannot afford and valuable time.
(3) The State of Michigan and many other states find the topic of college transfers a hot issue. (2) Legislatures feel that the State of Michigan can organize ease of transfers for students in Michigan by drawing new articulation policies, create a successful transfer process, create throughout the State of Michigan a common course numbering systems for higher education facilities and lastly restructure a general educational core that assure students are accepted at all institutions of higher education. This process needs to structure a website that enhances the process of student transfers.
As of 2014, 30 states that have enacted a local common course numbering system. This system is one of the first steps towards solving a student’s transfer woes.
I wish this debate settled at the time our children were in college. Our oldest son has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and I remember that he had a problem in the transferring of credits and had to retake certain classes in order for the college of his choice to consider his admission. He had obtained his Bachelor’s Degree and needed to transfer to another college for his Master’s Degree.
This indeed added to his high cost of education and it took valuable time away from him getting his degree earlier and entering the workfield. Now he is thinking about obtaining his PhD. and the states that recognize this problem with is already working on solutions.
I am personally happy that someone or some group has brought this to the attention of lawmakers in our state. I along with many other parents do not want to see a student fight off all the red tape, because of a state’s poor educational structure. I still have a second son working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and a daughter who is planning to extend her nursing education. I can only hope that the college they chose recognizes the credits already earned. I hope that the State of Michigan makes a higher education easier for them to obtain by removing obvious obstacles. I hate to see any student trying to obtain a higher education, fight for what they already learned, only to lose credits because the college of choice does not accept credits from the college transfered.