New data from the University of Connecticut reveal transfer students from the Connecticut Community Colleges system lost on average 12 transferable college credits when they moved over to the flagship university.
The data are detailed in a report from Gateway Community College in New Haven and was based on reports UConn gave the state's Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee. It shows that 479 community college students transferred to the university last year with 54.17 credits per student, but only 42.57 credits per student were applied toward major or general education requirements.
John Mullane, the counselor who analyzed the data and published the report, said lost credits are harmful to students because they force students to pay more in tuition and extend their time to completion.
"This extra cost is harmful to both the student and the state of Connecticut," Mullane said in a news release. "Much of the problem would be solved if the University of Connecticut would join the State Colleges and Universities in the transfer articulation policy currently in development. Connecticut needs statewide transfer and articulation agreements that guarantee seamless transfer to all public four-year institutions."
Meanwhile UConn put out a news release that said the university describes transfer policies clearly on its website.
"We clearly specify on our website which courses transfer and which do not, and we have specific reasons for our decisions based on careful analysis of students' needs and the courses required for certain majors. We also ask all of our community colleges' academic counselors to help students interested in transferring to UConn by advising them early in their course selection to maximize the allowable transfer credit," said Stephanie Reitz, the university's spokeswoman, in the release.
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