Debate Over Transfer Credits Questions Integrity, Affordability

Nov 11, 2013

University of Connecticut officials will soon vote on a proposal to limit the number of credits freshmen students can transfer from the state’s community colleges. 

The Connecticut Mirror reports that community colleges aren’t happy about the plan, which would limit to 15 the number of general education credits that students could transfer, and limit to 30 the total number of transferable credits. Currently students can transfer up to 90 credits.

UConn officials said the change is important to protect the university's academic integrity. But the state's community college leaders are defending the quality of their classes.

In a statement, the Board of Regents for Higher Education said transfer credits are an important component of college affordability. The board is moving to implement a plan across Connecticut's 17 state colleges and universities to ensure that students are taking the right courses towards a degree or certification, and that all of those credits count.