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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 …

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