Kentucky Statewide General Education Transfer Policy, May 23, 2011

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Presentation at the Kentucky Convergence Conference, Covington, KY by Mike Mullen, UK Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education along with Gary Kuhnhenn (Eastern KY University), Mike Quillen (KCTCS), and, Larry Snyder (Western KY University) - includes summary of KY House Bill 160, enrollment trends for KCTCS transfer students, and the proposed Statewide Transfer Policy to support greater transparency in the transfer process and to encourage academic success for all Kentucky students.

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  • NOTE – the proposed policy does NOT affect requirements for specific majors at UK – students will need to work closely with their advisors to determine what relationship (if any) exists between requirements for general education and requirements for a specific major; also UK’s current policy for student appeals regarding transfer equivalency will remain in place… the difference is that the rationale for a particular decision will be documented in TES for the sending institution to learn from and in case of the need for additional steps in an appeal case
  • The proposed policy does NOT mean to dictate the number of credit hours each institution requires for Gen Ed completion; however, if the receiving institution’s gen ed program requires a sum of hours that is more than that of the sending institution, the student may be required to earn additional credits as determined by the receiving institutionUK Gen Ed required hours = 30 hours vs. other institutionse.g., KSU 48-53 hrs; Murray State Univ 44-47 hrs; WKU 44 hrs minimum
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  • The proposed policy does NOT mean to dictate the number of credit hours each institution requires for Gen Ed completion; however, if the receiving institution’s gen ed program requires a sum of hours that is more than that of the sending institution, the student may be required to earn additional credits as determined by the receiving institutionUK Gen Ed required hours = 30 hours vs. other institutionse.g., KSU 48-53 hrs; Murray State Univ 44-47 hrs; WKU 44 hrs minimum
  • Advising at both sending and receiving schools will be improved by an inter-institutional network of communications Publicity (accessibility will include results of an review of completion of gen ed requirements by the Statewide Transfer Committee Transcripts from a public sending institution where the use of transfer credits from a regionally accredited institution are accepted for gen ed will be accepted as completion by the public receiving institution also If a sending institution’s transcript includes the endorsement of credits from a non-regionally accredited institution for a gen ed requirement (e.g., KCTCS has agreements with some parochial and some proprietary schools not regionally accredited but licensed in KY) then the receiving institution must have a policy already in place if they choose not to accept it for gen ed certification receiving institutions will accept the coded course in a category not fully attained BUT can require however many additional courses that are required in order to meet the student learning outcomes not met in that category if a receiving institution gets a transfer student whose gen ed requirements from the sending school include many more hours than were required, then the transfer of any remaining credit hours beyond the gen ed transfer component to the receiving institution “will be treated as liberally as possible to maximize the transferability of credit toward meeting degree requirements.” Transfer student grades should be treated in the same way they treat native student grades in the gen ed categories (inc Ds or P/F) NOTE: the 2012 Policy includes the redaction of the line regarding Technical Course Transfer (that all institutions recognize all tech course articulations between institutions) All KY public universities and KCTCS are expected to assess, “based upon national standards, the student learning outcomes associated with their general education programs, indicate the relationship to the Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes, and provide evidence o fongoing assessment that ensures comparability for transfer purposes on a three year cycle.
  • Universities and KCTCS are working mapping courses into Transfer Equivalency System.
  • Kentucky Statewide General Education Transfer Policy, May 23, 2011

    1. 1. KY Statewide General Education Transfer Policy:A LEAP Forward!<br />Gary Kuhnhenn - EKU<br />Mike Mullen - UK<br />Mike Quillen - KCTCS<br />Larry Snyder – WKU<br />KY Convergence Conference <br />May 23, 2011<br />
    2. 2. Purpose<br />To share changes in statewide course transfer policy, with special reference to General Education as influenced by the AAC&U LEAP Initiative.<br />
    3. 3. HB 160 – April 12, 2010<br />Align KCTCS AA and AS to related bachelors degrees<br />Specify Statewide Gen Ed learning outcomes<br />Establish statewide course classification system to monitoring transfer and crediting of lower-division coursework<br />
    4. 4. KCTCS Transfer Trends<br />An Equal Opportunity University<br />
    5. 5. Where are they heading from KCTCS?<br />
    6. 6. Proposed Statewide Transfer Policy<br />Emphasizes common Student Learning Outcomes in Five Categories at the state level<br />Each institution will map Gen Ed courses to state framework<br />Promotes Gen Ed credit acceptability across institutions<br />Encourages completion of AA/AS before transfer from KCTCS<br />Enhances cooperation across institutions to improve quality of transfer advising<br />
    7. 7. Basic Assumptions<br /> Applies to students in KY public institutions<br /> Acquisition of competencies in broad areas<br /> Student learning outcomes by area assessed for transferability<br /> Statewide Gen Ed transfer agreement might not fit all majors’ requirements<br /> AA/AS transfer degree = junior level standing<br />An Equal Opportunity University<br />
    8. 8. American Association ofColleges & Universities<br />Liberal Education & America’s Promise (LEAP)<br />The Essential Learning Outcomes<br />Beginning in school, and continuing at successively higher levels across their college studies, students should prepare for twenty-first-century challenges by gaining:<br />
    9. 9. Intellectual and Practical Skills, including…<br />Inquiry and analysis<br />Critical and creative thinking<br />Written and oral communication<br />Quantitative literacy<br />Information literacy<br />Teamwork and problem solving<br />Practiced extensively across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance<br />
    10. 10. Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World…<br />Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences humanities, histories, languages, and the arts<br />Focused by ENGAGEMENT with big questions, both contemporary and enduring <br />
    11. 11. Personal and Social Responsibility, including…<br />Civic knowledge and engagement – local and global<br />Intercultural knowledge and competence<br />Ethical reasoning and action<br />Foundations an skills for lifelong learning<br />Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges<br />
    12. 12. Integrative Learning, including…<br />Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies<br />Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems<br />
    13. 13. Statewide Gen Ed Transfer Categories<br />
    14. 14. Authors of Proposed Statewide Transfer Policy<br /> Statewide Transfer Committee (registrars and transfer/admissions staff)<br /> Statewide Gen Ed Coordinators (faculty)<br /> CPE workgroups of Gen Ed area faculty for each category in new framework<br />An Equal Opportunity University<br />
    15. 15. Statewide SLO: Written and Oral Com<br />Listen and speak competently in a variety of communication contexts, which may include public, interpersonal, and/or small-group settings.<br />Write clear and effective prose in several forms, using conventions appropriate to audience (including academic audiences), purpose, and genre.<br />Find, analyze, evaluate, and cite pertinent primary and secondary sources, including academic databases, to prepare speeches and written texts.<br />Identify, analyze, and evaluate statements, assumptions, and conclusions representing diverse points of view, and construct informed, sustained, and ethical arguments in response.<br />Plan, organize, revise, practice, edit, and proofread to improve the development and clarity of ideas.<br />
    16. 16. Statewide SLO: Quantitative Reasoning<br />Interpret information presented in mathematical and/or statistical forms.<br />Illustrate and communicate mathematical and/or statistical information symbolically, visually and/or numerically.<br />Determine when computations are needed and to execute the appropriate computations.<br />Apply an appropriate model to the problem to be solved.<br />Make inferences, evaluate assumptions, and assess limitations in estimation modeling and/or statistical analysis.<br />
    17. 17. Statewide SLO: Arts and Humanities<br />Utilize basic formal elements, techniques, concepts and vocabulary of specific disciplines within the Arts and Humanities.<br />Distinguish between various kinds of evidence by identifying reliable sources and valid arguments.<br />Demonstrate how social, cultural, and historical contexts influence creative expression in the arts and humanities.<br />Evaluate the significance of human expression and experience in shaping larger social, cultural, and historical contexts.<br />Evaluate enduring and contemporary issues of human experience.<br />
    18. 18. Foreign Language<br />Demonstrate competency in a foreign language. Foreign language study develops essential skills and cultural awareness critical for success in a multilingual world.<br />
    19. 19. Statewide SLO: Natural Sciences<br />Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of science inquiry.<br />Explain basic concepts and principles in one or more of the sciences.<br />Apply scientific principles to interpret and make predictions in one or more of the sciences.<br />Explain how scientific principles relate to issues of personal and/or public importance.<br />Conduct a hands-on project using scientific principles. <br />
    20. 20. Statewide SLO: Social and Behavioral<br />Demonstrate knowledge of at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences.<br />Apply knowledge, theories, and research methods, including ethical conduct, to analyze problems pertinent to at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences.<br />Understand and demonstrate how at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences conceptualizes diversity and the ways it shapes human experience.<br />Integrate knowledge of at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences into issues of personal or public importance.<br />Communicate effectively using the language and terminology germane to at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences.<br />
    21. 21. Certification of Gen Ed Transfer<br />Category Certified<br />Completion of one or some, but not all five categories<br />Core Certified<br />Completion of all categories<br />Sum of hours does not necessarily equal receiving institution requirements<br />Same as GETA<br />
    22. 22. Certifying Transfer of Gen Ed<br />Category Certifiedin good academic standing; completed some but not all of the 5 categories<br />Core Certifiedgood standing; completed all categories but sum of hours does not = receiving institution<br />Fully Certifiedgood standing; all categories and total hours<br />An Equal Opportunity University<br />
    23. 23. Institutional Responsibility for Implementation<br />Preparing students for transfer<br />Advising, accessibility, certification on transcripts<br />Receiving institution<br />Accepts coded course from sending school to assess completion<br />Maximize applicability of transfer work beyond Gen Ed<br />Assessment<br />Expectation for assessing SLO for Gen Ed, monitor relationship to Statewide Gen Ed SLO. <br />Area faculty meet regularly to monitor<br />
    24. 24. Implementation Date: Fall 2012<br />
    25. 25. Resources for Transfer Info<br />CPE Policy and HB 160<br />cpe.ky.gov/policies/academicinit/Transfer<br />U.Select– College Source Transfer Equivalency System<br />www.transfer.org<br />KCTCS Transfer Site<br />www.kctcs.edu/students/transfer<br />UK Transfer Information<br />www.uky.edu/Admission/transfer<br />

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