Missouri looks to ease college transfers

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 | 10:47 a.m. CST; updated 4:01 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 21, 2011

COLUMBIA — Higher education boosters in Missouri hope to make it easier for students enrolled at one school to transfer to another institution.

A bill filed by Republican state Sen. David Pearce, of Warrensburg, calls for the creation of a "core transfer library" of at least 25 basic courses that would be honored for credit at each of Missouri's public colleges and universities.

Pearce's bill also requires the state Coordinating Board for Higher Education to adopt a statewide "reverse transfer" policy. The policy would let students at four-year schools receive associate degrees from community colleges once they've completed a two-year school's requirements.

The lawmaker cites federal data showing that fewer than 46 percent of Missouri college students seeking bachelor's degrees earn their diplomas after six years in school.

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Ellis Smith December 21, 2011 | 1:17 p.m.

"... fewer than 46 percent of Missouri college students seeking bachelor's degrees earn their diplomas after six years in school."


I'd like to see comparable data for the 1950s. Is it available, Missourian? Maybe it was that bad then, but I'd like you to verify that it was.

At MS&T, and as far as I'm aware at MU, it can take a student at least seven (7) years to complete a BS degree in the engineering majors if the student is in a work-study program, but that's actually exemplary, as three of those years are spent out of the classroom actually working. The student works his or her way through college, gains valuable job experience, and probably doesn't pile up a large loan obligation at graduation.

PS: I'm left wondering whether some of this isn't an example of Parkinson's Law, where the time TAKEN to complete a task tends to be directly related to the time ALLOWED to complete that task.

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