New Website Eases Transfer Process for Maryland's Community College Students
ADELPHI, Md. (July 31, 2007) - Community college students looking to enroll in one
of the University System of Maryland's (USM) 11 degree-granting universities
now have an online resource to ease the transfer process. USM has launched Maryland TransPort, http://mdtransfer.usmd.edu, a one-stop information
portal designed to facilitate smoother transitions to four-year institutions and
degree programs for Maryland's community college students.
Through one convenient portal,
Maryland's community college students can enter their course
information via the online ARTSYS articulation system to determine which
institutions and programs will accept their credits toward general education or
specific program requirements. In addition, the site provides transfer
scholarship and tuition information for Maryland's public and private colleges and universities.
"More and more students are starting the journey to their
four-year degrees at community colleges," said Teri
Hollander, associate vice chancellor of academic affairs at USM. "Over the last
decade, USM's institutions have worked with Maryland's community colleges to set up articulation
agreements that simplify the transferring of credits to four-year programs. Our
goal has been to reduce the confusion and streamline the transfer process for
students, families, and advisors. TransPort
is one part of this ongoing effort."
According to the Maryland
Association of Community Colleges (MACC), every year, on average, 61 percent of
Maryland's graduating high school seniors enter the state's community
colleges as their first step toward a four-year degree. The number of community
college students transferring to USM institutions has risen 20 percent since
2000. Community college students now comprise 30 percent of new undergraduate
students entering the system. To address this trend, USM and MACC formed the
USM/MACC Joint Leadership Council to enhance access, increase affordability,
ease transitions, and reduce time-to-degree for community college students
entering the state's four-year institutions.
The University of Maryland, College
Transfer Advantage Program (MTAPS) is one outgrowth of this effort. Established
in 2005, MTAPS helps to link community college students to a four-year
institution in a more direct way.
"Through MTAPS, we have agreements
in place with Anne Arundel Community College, College of Southern
Maryland, Montgomery College, and Prince George's Community College,
and look forward to working
with other community colleges in the state," said Donna Hamilton,
Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies. "The chief
community college students include early identification with a
access to advising services, and invitations to special events-all of
increase the chances that they will transfer well-prepared to complete
UMCP currently has 200
community college student enrolled in MTAP. Enrolled students can take up to
nine course credits at UMCP supported by a 25 percent tuition
In addition to expanding
formal transfer agreements and dual admissions programs, USM is working to
enhance access by dedicating more need-based financial aid to community college
transfer students, Hollander added.
In FY 2007, need-based
financial aid to community college transfer students increased by 16 percent, a
total of $1.3 million, and the number of recipients grew by 11 percent (523
students). USM anticipates increasing such scholarships by more than 33
percent in both dollars and recipients during FY 2008.
"The better informed that
students are about the transfer process, the easier it is for them to maximize
the number of earned credits that may be applied toward degree requirements,"
said Stephanie Fowler, Associate Director of Admissions at Towson University,
who oversees the university's transfer services. "TransPort is a great
tool for those who plan to move from community colleges to four-year
degree programs. It allows students to take ownership of their academic course
plans and budget their time and academic resources appropriately."
For more information, visit Maryland TransPort at http://mdtransfer.usmd.edu.
FAST FACTS ABOUT COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFERS
- Maryland has 16 community colleges serving about 120,000
credit and 370,000 continuing education students each year.
- Every year, on average, 61% of Maryland graduating high school seniors enter the state's
community colleges as their first step toward a four-year college degree.
- In Fall 2006, 5,947 students transferred from Maryland's community colleges to University System of Maryland (USM) institutions.
- In Fall 2006, 85% of Maryland community college students who applied to
transfer to USM institutions were admitted versus 80% in 2004.
- Community college students comprise 30% of new
undergraduate students entering USM institutions.
- Most of the Maryland community college transfers enter USM
institutions as sophomores and juniors.
courtesy of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges and the University
System of Maryland Office of Institutional Research.)
Contact: John Buettner