Is New SUNY Transfer Process Good For Community College Students?
Students at New York’s public universities will soon have an easier time transferring between campuses. SUNY announced a new policy last week to help students finish their degrees on time.
Usually, students who transfer from one college to another face a lot of uncertainty. Courses completed at one school often do not carry over to the other. Until now, that’s even been true within the SUNY system.
The new policy creates a set of courses guaranteed to transfer among all SUNY schools. It also adds requirements to the community college degree, so graduates can enter as a junior at any four-year campus.
John Conners of Tompkins Cortland Community College says those expanded requirements reduce flexibility for students, though. A student who changes majors will have difficulty completing a degree.
“That’s part of what college is about – you should be exploring,” Conners says. “You should be experimenting and discovering what you don’t want to do just as much as what you do.”