Saturday, April 13, 2024

Louisiana Board of Regents approves universal college transfer pathways

by BIZ Magazine
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By Piper Hutchinson, Louisiana Illuminator

Louisiana’s oversight board for higher education adopted new transfer pathways Wednesday that will make it easier for students at two-year colleges to obtain four-year degrees.

The action from the state Board of Regents was mandated by a law state Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, sponsored during the 2022 legislative session and will take effect during the fall 2024 semester.

According to a Regents press release, students who transfer to a university from a two-year college take four years, on average, to obtain a bachelor’s degree, despite taking courses at the two-year school. The new Regents plan will allow students to transfer 60 hours of coursework from an approved program to any four-year bachelor’s program at a public university in Louisiana offering a related degree.

“Today’s approval of the initial set of universal transfer pathways is a significant step forward in Louisiana’s efforts to improve the academic experience of our students by decreasing both the cost of attendance and time to completion,” Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed said. “With these new programs, students who begin their studies at a community college can now be assured that their credits will transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at any public university in Louisiana.”

The Board of Regents approved 24 subject-specific universal transfer pathways: art, biology, accounting, finance, general business, management, marketing, engineering, chemical, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, communication, computer science, criminal justice, cybersecurity, English, history, sports management, pre-allied health, nursing, psychology, social work and sociology.

The regents plans to adopt pathways for other subjects.

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