Associate degrees

Community college associate degrees are now being transferred as general education requirements at independent schools in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (KSW) – More than 30 Kansas independent and community college presidents gathered on Tuesday, Sept. 20 to sign a Universal Articulation Agreement.

30 presidents of independent and community colleges in Kansas gathered on Tuesday, September 20 to sign a Universal Articulation Agreement (KSN Photo)

Once the Global Course Transfer and Articulation Agreement is formally signed, student transfer opportunities in Kansas will expand.

“I hope this means for students that they won’t have to retake classes, that they can complete their degree in a timely manner, in two to four hopefully their two years with their degree. associate and four years with their bachelor’s degree if they are full-time students,” said Jessica Ohman, associate vice president of student services at Butler Community College.

According to a Facebook post of the Kansas Independent College Association and Foundation (KICA), “After the agreement is implemented, any student awarded an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) from a Kansas Community College is deemed to have completed the general educational requirements of their choice from any independent Kansas institution.

“It’s about serving students,” said Matt Lindsey, president of the Kansas Independent College Association. “We make sure every student has a choice. Every student who wants to transfer from a community college to a private college in Kansas can do so without wasting credits, without wasting time, and thereby graduate on time and affordably.

KICA states that today more than half of Kansas students attend one of Kansas’ 19 community colleges or one of 20 independent institutions.

“Not only will their four-year bachelor’s degree be less expensive, but it will also allow them to finish faster and enter the workforce and meet the desperate needs of Kansas businesses,” said the Kansas Association of Community College. . Heather Morgan, Executive Director.