The Council’s work with the state universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System helps ensure a seamless transfer process for students.
Why Kentucky needs a seamless transfer process
Beginning a postsecondary education at a community college then transferring to a four-year college or university is a common strategy for students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree. From recent high school graduates to adult learners and those interested in advancing their career, students consider transfer for its many advantages, including less college debt due to lower tuition rates at community colleges. Also, KCTCS provides broad access to students across the state, many of whom benefit from earning an associate’s degree prior to their coursework at a college or university.
How the Council helps improve transfer
The Council’s work in implementing the General Education Transfer policy promotes the transferability of general education course credit as students transfer from one Kentucky public postsecondary institution to another. The transfer of credit is based on students’ acquisition of competencies in the areas of written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social and behavioral sciences.
Council strategies to increase the number of students who transfer also include increasing the number of degree pathways available on the Council's KnowHow2Transfer website. This website provides KCTCS students with the ability to check course transferability and plan their transition to a four-year campus. The Council will also continue to support transfer advising.
How transfer benefits Kentuckians
Student loan debt is a concern for students and their families. Attending a KCTCS college and then transferring to a state university can lead to lower costs and less debt. With the assurance that courses transfer, students can eliminate unnecessary duplication of credits and shorten time to degree.
Learn more about Kentucky's education goals by viewing Stronger By Degrees, the Council's strategic agenda for postsecondary and adult education.