Students who want to move on to a four-year institution after a community-college experience often lose credits, which equate to time and money. But some states, such as Louisiana and Florida, have created comprehensive “articulation agreements” to make the transition more efficient.
Students who earn the Louisiana Transfer Degree can now move on to any of the state’s 14 universities. “As a result ... the average student saves $2,117, while the state of Louisiana saves $1,930 per transfer student,” said Joe May, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, on Wednesday.
House Democrats introduced the Transferring Credits for College Completion Act of 2012 this week to try to broaden that approach. The bill would make transfer information more transparent and require that all public institutions that receive federal aid allow students to count an associate’s degree as the first two years of a related four-year degree in the same state.