Kalamazoo Valley Community College Signs Transfer Agreements with 25 Michigan Universities

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Transferring to a four-year college or university from Kalamazoo Valley Community College will now be even simpler thanks to new transfer agreements signed with 25 Michigan colleges and universities.

“This agreement gives students more options and ensures a seamless transition – saving them both time and money, ” said Dr. Peter Linden, provost and vice president for instruction and student services for Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Transferring to a four-year college or university from Kalamazoo Valley Community College will now be even simpler thanks to new transfer agreements signed with 25 Michigan colleges and universities.

“I’m thrilled to see this agreement come to fruition,” said Dr. Peter Linden, provost and vice president for instruction and student services for Kalamazoo Valley Community College. “More than 50 percent Kalamazoo Valley students transfer to a four-year institution after goal completion at Kalamazoo Valley. This agreement gives students more options and ensures a seamless transition – saving them both time and money.”

Transfer agreements will allow Kalamazoo Valley students to transfer more credits to four-year schools in the areas of biology, business, criminal justice and psychology. The new agreements specify major-specific courses that students should complete while enrolled at Kalamazoo Valley Community College that are common across all institutions in Michigan. The identification of these courses makes it easier for students to complete essential courses before deciding where to transfer.

Kalamazoo Valley advisors and counselors now have details available for students about which courses they should complete and how those courses apply to degree programs at the participating universities.

“Transferring from community college to a four-year college or university is more common than ever,” said Erica Lee Orians, executive director of the Michigan Center for Student Success at the Michigan Community College Association. “Our community colleges want to ensure that students receive credit for the courses they have completed when they take the next step in their education.”

The initiative was funded through the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget which included a one-time appropriation to support this initiative, the redesigned Michigan Transfer Network at http://www.mitransfer.org, work to build stronger math pathways, and efforts to award credit for military experience.

A study conducted by the National Student Clearinghouse found that 52 percent of bachelor’s degree earners in Michigan previously enrolled at a community college, which is higher than the national average of 49 percent.

The Michigan Center for Student Success is leading the statewide initiative for the MCCA in partnership with the Michigan Association of State Universities and the Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities. The project continues through fall 2020 and Kalamazoo Valley is working to complete additional agreements in other academic program areas.

ABOUT KALAMAZOO VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
With four Kalamazoo, Michigan locations – the Texas Township Campus, the Groves Campus, the Arcadia Commons Campus and the Bronson Healthy Living Campus – Kalamazoo Valley offers certificate programs in more than 50 areas of study and associate degrees in 60 others. A fully accredited institution, Kalamazoo Valley offers day and evening, online and weekend classes to more than 11,000 students each year.

ABOUT THE MICHIGAN CENTER FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
The Michigan Center for Student Success, founded in 2011, serves as a hub connecting leadership, administrators, faculty, and staff in their emerging and ongoing efforts to improve student outcomes, emphasizing linkages between practice, research, and policy. The Center has led statewide initiatives focused on reengaging adults, developmental education, transfer, veterans, and advising. The Center is part of the 16-state Student Success Center Network working with over half of the community colleges across the nation.

ABOUT THE MICHIGAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE ASSOCIATION
The Michigan Community College Association fosters collaboration, connection, and partnerships among the 28 Michigan public community colleges and their stakeholders. The MCCA provides strong legislative and public advocacy in Lansing and throughout Michigan, works to improve the image and credibility of community colleges, and advances numerous shared initiatives through the Michigan Center for Student Success, Michigan Colleges Online, and the Michigan New Jobs Training Program.

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