Students in Georgia now have more options when transferring from a technical college to an institution in the state university system.
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved an additional 17 technical college courses that can be transferred for credit.
The addition brings the total to 27 transferable credits, which university system officials say make it easier to finish a degree.
“We want to make sure there are pathways for students,” said David Morgan, the interim executive vice chancellor of the university system. “If a student starts and applied for an associate degree and then says ‘You know what, I’ve come to realize that what I want to do is become a student of X,’ they can move seamlessly into that career path.”
Morgan said out of 318,000 students, about 4,000 are transfers from the technical system. Students will be able to take advantage of the new transferable credits beginning this fall.
The move is also a way to enhance the Complete College Georgia initiative adopted by the state.
Georgia is part of the Complete College America program that works with legislators and educators to increase college graduates. The state schools are required to submit improvement plans for their campuses to add 250,000 graduates by 2020.
“What’s going on across the country in terms of economic development and quality of life issues across the board, this was part of it and (Complete College Georgia),” said Lynne Weisenbach, the vice chancellor for educational access
Local officials say the additional transferable courses will make getting a degree easier for students who change their minds about a career path or major.
Augusta Technical College Registrar Sabrina White said complimentary programs at Augusta State University and Augusta Tech make transferring appealing.
Augusta Tech has several nursing, cardiovascular technology, occupational therapy and respiratory care programs that students often complete and then build upon at ASU.
“With them trying to encourage a seamless education, we’re all trying to work a little better together,” White said.
This semester, 56 students transferred from Augusta Technical College to ASU.
ASU associate registrar Fran Sunderland said transferring is often an option for those who pursue an associate degree at a two-year college and transfer after deciding to move on to earn a bachelor’s degree.
“It may be that people get in and feel that they want to go further,” Sunderland said.