Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mobility Matters!

There are two general student mobility strategies:
  • Proactive is predetermined and planned in advance reducing the friction and impact of the movement. Study abroad programs and student exchange programs come to mind because they are well prepared to address the process and events.
  • Reactive is the method of waiting for the student to leave one education provider and enroll in another leaving several consequences uncharted. Students often can take off time and the currency of their prior learning may be called into question.


More than 60% of college students transfer at least once before earning an undergraduate degree in the United States.

Student mobility matters because it is now the norm to transition between two, three or more institutions as one seeks to complete a college degree or credential. This phenomenon, driven by fundamental changes over the last twenty years in higher education has created challenges for institutions as they attempt to address college affordability and improving degree completion

Greater Mobility in Higher Education

... The institution itself is mobile with satellite, international, online and mobile identities. The learner is mobile and engages with multiple postsecondary providers, concurrently or at different points in time, while located at various geographic and online destinations, while physically mobile whether traveling, commuting, working, military deployment, parenting, socializing, etc. With each passing second, technology enables even greater mobility of content, instruction, learning and learners. AcademyOne recognizes that mobility matters to the sustainability of institutions and systems and helps manage the impact of mobility on academics, operations and enrollment patterns.

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Faculty can see how courses offered are similar. Even as important, they can see how they differ. In serving the process, many departments and faculty will adjust their courses to meet the standards outlined by the discipline categories. In the end, the process to create and maintain a transfer credit framework helps reconcile perceptions, implied differences, builds mutual respect and helps establish guidelines for future curriculum alignment and tuning efforts.
Explore Pennsylvania's Transfer Credit Framework online. AcademyOne began working with the PA Department of Education to automate the Transfer Credit Framework in 2006. Read more about the PA TRAC Project.

What is a Transfer Credit Framework?

  • The courses listed in a Transfer Credit Framework represent the type of coursework that is generally completed during the first and second year of a degree program.
  • Completing courses within the Framework categories is a good choice for students who are undecided about the major they wish to pursue or the institution where they plan to transfer and complete.
  • A Transfer Credit Framework allows students to transfer up to 30 or 40 credits of foundation courses to any of the participating colleges and universities and have those courses count toward graduation requirements.
  • A Transfer Credit Framework usually includes courses in English, public speaking, math, science, art, humanities, history and the behavioral and social sciences.
  • A Transfer Credit Framework is not intended to represent the full set of general education courses required for a degree program, but it is an excellent advising tool for students who begin classes without a clear sense of their future educational plans - which is the majority of students.
Participating colleges and universities offer thousands of courses, both general and major specific, that are transferable but not listed in the framework. Certain majors have specific requirements prescribed by external agencies. It is the student’s responsibility to work with an advisor to select appropriate courses as they relate to their prospective major. A Transfer Credit Framework usually affects students matriculated as of the year of implementation and beyond. They generally are not retroactive or retrospective.


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