The Council on Postsecondary Education approved key policy revisions to the general education transfer policy that will significantly improve the transfer process for students at Kentucky's public colleges and universities.

    The revisions support the Council's strategic agenda to increase transfer opportunities and completion rates of students at all levels. The action also supports the state's transfer action plan designed to implement transfer legislation known as House Bill 160 (2010).

    "These transfer policy revisions will increase student success and completion rates, enhance the ease of transfer, and speed time to degree," said Council President Bob King. "We appreciate the level of cooperation of our campus leadership and staff and their shared commitment to improve the transfer process for our students."

    Under the policy, students can transfer individual courses and be guaranteed that they will fulfill general education requirements of comparable courses at any public institution in Kentucky. In the past, students had to complete a transfer block of general education courses to guarantee that they would transfer without loss of credit.

    In addition to the course-to-course transfer, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s common course numbering system ensures that comparable general education courses have the same name, content and learning outcomes at all KCTCS campuses. The numbering system, added as a revision to the general education transfer policy, will ensure transferability and quality of courses.

    Alignment of KCTCS's general education courses to comparable courses at the four-year institutions will also greatly enhance student mobility and transparency. Students will know how a particular course will be applied toward general education credit through a coding system that will appear with student transcripts and on a transfer Web portal.

    The policy revisions take effect in 2012.

    In other transfer developments, student learning outcomes are being aligned in five high-need transfer majors, including biology, business, elementary education, nursing and social work. Also in process is the development of a uniform data collection and reporting method, a Web-based system for faculty to determine course equivalencies for transfer, and a student transfer portal.

    The Council heard a broad update on student success, including a wide range of strategies to increase degree production and completions, close achievement gaps, and decrease financial barriers to college access and completion. The Council also heard reports from the Executive Committee regarding President Bob King's evaluation, an update on diversity planning from the Committee on Equal Opportunities, and an update on the 2011-12 Council work plan.

    In other action, the Council:

    --Approved 2011-12 tuition and mandatory fee proposals for Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University. The requests complied with the ceilings set in April by the Council.

    --Approved special use fee exception requests for Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University.

    --Approved an admission regulation revision to reflect the change in high school graduation requirements for the class of 2012, revised college readiness indicators, and transfer admission.

    The next Council meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2011 Governor's Trusteeship Conference, Sept. 22-23 in Lexington.

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