Higher Ed. Transfers Soon to be Easier in W.Va.
Two higher education groups announced the adoption of a new policy Friday intended to make transferring credits between schools easier for West Virginia students.
The agreement between the state Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical College Education intends to pave a way for a more seamless transition for students changing from one higher education institution to another, particularly for students transferring from two-year to four-year institutions.
According to data from the Commission and Council, the percentage of undergraduate transfers from West Virginia community and technical colleges to four-year institutions has increased by 39.5 percent over the last five years.
The change in policy comes after Governor Tomblin made the ease of transition a priority during his state of the state address in January.
The resolution says 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.
The two policy boards will also create a governing board to hear and resolve transfer issues for students.