Kansas Community Colleges and Kansas Independent Colleges Sign Universal Transfer Agreement

From Kansas Association of Independent Colleges.

Student transfer opportunities expanded today after Kansas Community Colleges and Kansas Independent Colleges announced the launch of a comprehensive course transfer and articulation agreement that paves the way for students to a seamless transfer from any community college in Kansas to any Kansas nonprofit college or university. After implementation of the agreement, any student who has earned an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree from a Kansas Community College is deemed to have met the general education requirements of his or her choice in any what an independent Kansas institution. This constant coordination and ease of transfer will help ensure that students graduate on time, affordably, and with the goal of keeping those students in Kansas.

“Throughout the country, the debate rages about college access and affordability,” said Kansas Independent College Association President Matthew Lindsey. “We believe KICA and KACCT have developed a forward-thinking and enduring resource to show Kansas families and taxpayers that we are leading the way.”

This new transfer agreement was formally adopted at a signing ceremony on Tuesday September 20.e at 2:30 p.m. at Friends University in Wichita, following a joint discussion by presidents of Kansas Community Colleges and Kansas Independent Colleges on current and future opportunities to better serve students.

Kansas Association of Community College Executive Director Heather Morgan praised the partnership, noting that “the benefits of the new transfer agreement, the opportunities for students it provides, and the potential for additional partnerships to benefit students across the Kansas reflect the synergy we need in higher education. We strive to meet the needs of Kansas learners and this transfer agreement is a key nexus for continued student success and advancement.

Dr. Michael Schneider, President of McPherson College and Chairman of the Board of KICA, celebrates the event by saying, “The spirit of innovation and the path to success intersect in the passion of a student from Kansas. The agreement we signed today is the prelude to the new business stories our students will write.

Kansas leaders understand and hold fast to the quantitative evidence that higher education leads to a better quality of life for students, their families, and their communities. A positive college experience in Kansas leads to more students living and working in Kansas, a benefit for the entire state.

Today, more than half of Kansas students attend one of the state’s 19 community colleges or one of 20 independent institutions.

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