CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state’s Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical College Education agreed to assist students in transferring more easily between institutions.

The joint resolution, approved Friday by the HEPC, intends to help credit hours transfer more readily between two- and four-year colleges.

“The collective agreement reached today by community and technical colleges and four-year institutions is the first step toward making the credit transfer process easier for students across West Virginia,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. “Our ultimate goal is to help students earn their degrees without delay—and start building the bright future they’ve worked so hard to achieve.”

Latest numbers show undergraduate transfer rates between the two- and four-year colleges has increased by 39.5 percent during the last five years.

The governor’s office detailed the resolution in a Friday news release:

“In the joint resolution, the Commission and Council affirm that public institutions of higher education must make every effort possible to accept credit hours earned at any other public higher education in West Virginia, while sustaining the integrity of academic programs. To accomplish this, the four- and two-year systems will collaborate to develop and implement a statewide agreement for alignment of associate programs to be accepted and fully credited to a related baccalaureate degree program.

In addition, the Commission and Council will develop a reverse transfer policy that facilitates associate degree completion by allowing students who earn their final credits at a four-year institution to have those credits sent back to and credited by the community college where they started. The entities also will create a joint commission to hear and resolve issues related to transfer disagreements between students and institutions.”

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  • WV Worker

    Think about it the more classes a person has to take the more money the colleges it. They don't want to accept credits from other schools. There's no money for them. The bottom line is MONEY. They want to make you pay again for something you already had. My daughter going back to be a teacher has a 4 yr. i Social Science degree but they want her to go about 4 more to be a teacher. It's crazy when you can hardly make ends meet as it is and to listen to the news they need more teachers on a daily basis

  • David

    This is something that should have been done 30 years ago but they were to interested in gouging students.

    It only takes a few days to decide to raise tuition statewide but transferring credits took 50 years..?

  • Chris1529

    I hope they can accomplish this. A few years back, I wanted to start taking some forestry technician classes at Glenville, but they wouldn't give me credit for hardly any of the math or technical classes I had taken at Fairmont State! It is just about the money. I already had a Civil Eng Tech AS degree from from FSC and graduated with honors. I don't think I should havehad to go back through basic math and surveying at GSC in their Forestry Tech program.

  • Time for Radical Change

    Shepherd University has been screwing transfer students for over 35 years. They simply won't recognize any other accredited institutions courses so they can force the students take additional classes to make the college more money. It widely known by the dept chairman, students, etc. But nothing is done about it.

    • Wowbagger

      It`s been a lot longer than 35 years. But if you had s BS admission to graduate programs was pretty much seamless.

    • Harpers Ferry

      It's not just Shepherd, WVU does the same thing.