A few years ago, state universities and colleges met with the Kansas Board of Regents in Topeka to discuss ways to grow the number of college graduates in Kansas and provide education to prospective students who may not otherwise have the opportunity.
The result was what is now known as a transferrable articulation agreement, and it allows students to earn their associate's degree from a community college and then transfer credit toward earning a bachelor's at a four-year university.
Linnea Glenmaye, associate professor and associate vice president for academic affairs, said that these types of agreements are long overdue.
“It gives students the opportunity to not only further their education, but refine their passions and hone in on what they want to do as a career,” said Glenmaye.
“They also provide an effective use of funds given to the colleges and universities to help promote the transfer from community colleges to universities.”
Community colleges allow students to figure out their direction to take in their respective career fields, while also providing an environment conducive to learning new trades and finishing general education requirements.
“Creating a more skilled and diversified workforce is beneficial to all parties involved,” said Glenmaye. “We want to give students the chance to ride their passions all the way to graduation and beyond.”