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Promoting ‘Consumer Friendly’ Transfer

By David Moitz

To make it easier for students to earn and transfer college credits across institutions, policy makers and educators should work together by supporting broader articulation agreements and adopting more prior learning assessments, several experts argued at a Center for American Progress event Thursday.

“Articulation and transfer is an old problem, but it’s begging for new solutions,” said Frank Chong, the Education Department’s deputy assistant secretary for community colleges. “I really believe this is a consumer protection issue.”

The average community college student earns 140 credits while pursuing a bachelor’s degree even though only 120 credits are typically necessary, according to a new CAP policy brief discussed at the event. For many students, these additional 20 credits repeat credits earned elsewhere or knowledge they may have gained outside the classroom.

Continued at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/06/03/educators_encourage_articulation_agreements_and_prior_learning_assessments

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