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Transfer Madness is success for students and postsecondary institutions

Friday, 03 21, 2014

CPE Contact
Sue Patrick
502-573-1555
Cell: 502-330-6596
Sue.Patrick@ky.gov

KCTCS Contacts
Terri Giltner
859-256-3186
terri.giltner@kctcs.edu

Heather Baber
859-256-3216
heather.baber@kctcs.edu

Kristi Middleton
859-256-3242
kristi.middleton@kctcs.edu

Transfer Madness, Kentucky’s statewide online transfer college fair, scored another slam dunk earlier this month. More than 1,500 students registered for the 12-hour event designed to connect them with transfer advisors, scholarship information, financial aid, and more at statewide institutions.

“Our four-year campuses have grown to understand that transfer students from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are well-prepared, committed to college, and are as engaged in their learning as students who begin their baccalaureate education at a four-year institution. Campuses have stepped up recruiting and advising, and Transfer Madness is a key strategy to increase the number of students who transition to a four-year campus and persist to graduation,” said Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) President Bob King.

“Transfer is definitely a team sport and in order for our students to successfully make the transition they need a team of committed and talented players working for them...both at the KCTCS and at four-year institutions,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall. “Transfer Madness provided that team support in a comfortable, safe environment.

KCTCS, along with 22 of Kentucky’s four-year institutions, CPE, and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, collaborated for Transfer Madness. Of the more than 1,500 who attended the online event, 68 percent were from Kentucky and 50 percent were current college students. The event also drew more than 400 high school students.

Transfer Madness supports the Council’s Stronger by Degrees strategic plan to improve the quality of Kentucky’s workforce by increasing the number of students who transfer from KCTCS colleges to four-year institutions. One of the goals of House Bill 160 (2010) is to eliminate the barriers students encounter when trying to transfer to a four-year institution, and one of the barriers is a lack of information and engagement between students and transferring institutions.

Students who missed out on Transfer Madness are encouraged to contact the transfer advisors at the four-year campuses of their choice. Students can also check to see how their general education credits transfer and count toward a bachelor’s degree by visiting http://www.KnowHow2Transfer.org.

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We believe in the transformative power of postsecondary education. Stronger by Degrees, the new strategic agenda for Kentucky’s colleges and universities and adult basic education, is powering a stronger Kentucky economy and improving the lives of Kentuckians. To learn more about Stronger by Degrees, visit http://cpe.ky.gov/strongerbydegrees.