South Carolina To Improve College Transfer with CollegeTransfer.net
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education has awarded a multi-year contract to AcademyOne to improve college transfer and articulation in South Carolina.
AcademyOne, which hosts CollegeTransfer.net, will develop an electronic Web portal to assist students and support college and university staff with tools that make it easier to transfer credit and evaluate how prior coursework will transfer among public South Carolina colleges and universities. In May 2008 Pennsylvania launched a similar portal created by the company to improve credit transfer among its higher education institutions.
CollegeTransfer.net is a Web destination free to students, advisors, and other constituents seeking information and transition services among colleges and universities. The portal provides discussion forums, institutional transfer profiles, and access to the automated services offered by participating institutions. AcademyOne provides customized versions of the transfer site for states as either a hosted portal or as a locally-hosted portal.
"Especially in times of fiscal exigencies such as those South Carolina is experiencing presently, we must implement cost effective practices that yield more efficiency and enable students to make the most effective choices toward degree completion in order to avoid additional expenses and delays," said Gail Morrison, deputy director and director of the Division of Academic Affairs & Licensing at the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.
The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education serves as the coordinating board for the state's 33 public postsecondary institutions and serves a dual role within state government, acting both as an advocate for higher education as well as an oversight entity on behalf of South Carolina's General Assembly.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.