College students looking to transfer college credits or associate degrees to a four-year institution will have the opportunity to connect with those institutions and get questions answered during a 12-hour online Transfer Madness fair set for Wednesday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST at http://transfermadness.org.
Now in its second year, Transfer Madness connects students from the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) to advisors from more than 20 four-year institutions. Students can chat live with admissions representatives and advisors at the universities of their choice, download e-brochures, find out about scholarships and register for prizes.
Governor Steve Beshear and KCTCS President Michael B. McCall helped launch the event at a press conference on Wednesday, February 26 in Frankfort. KCTCS transfer students also participated, along with other state education leaders.
“We have worked hard to create a ‘transfer-friendly’ postsecondary education system,” said Beshear. “And we are making progress, with an almost 30 percent increase in KCTCS transfers to public and private institutions over the past five years.”
The Transfer Madness roster includes all eight of the state’s public universities, the 16 colleges of KCTCS, and 15 independent colleges and universities, and two for-profit institutions. Also represented with booths at the fair include the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, staff from CPE’s KnowHow2Transfer.org website, and CollegeFish.org, an online resource to promote positive two-year completion and transfer pathways.
“Preparing students to transfer is one of the things we do best,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) president. “We are a pipeline for students who want to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Most of our transfer students go to the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. Starting at BCTC is an excellent way to save money and build a foundation for a great college education.”Mark Simonds, a nontraditional BCTC student who has two children and a job, said he was neither financially nor academically prepared to attend UK. But BCTC offered him the opportunity to get the classes he needs to transfer to UK.
“I am currently enrolled in the Blue + program, which enables BCTC students to take UK classes at the BCTC tuition rate while they are completing their associate’s degree,” he said. “This helps the students financially of course, but it also helps students transition to the four-year university. Taking just one or two classes at UK while still attending BCTC has allowed me to adjust to UK at my own pace and prepare for my future there.”
High school students who plan to attend a community college before transferring and four-year college students considering a transfer are invited to participate in Transfer Madness. The online transfer fair enables students to access the event at a time that suits their school, family and work schedules.
Transfer Madness is sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education and the participating colleges and universities.
To register for the event and prizes, and to view the list of the participating colleges, universities and other partners, go to http://www.transfermadness.org.