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Pact removes transfer penalty to N.C. colleges

From an editorial in the Fayetteville Observer on Tuesday:

If you earn a credit at a North Carolina public university or community college, you should be able to transfer that credit without penalty to any school in the University of North Carolina system.

While that’s often been true, prior to an agreement that the UNC Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges signed Friday, students could encounter surprises when they transferred.

A university might have required a transfer student to retake a certain class at the larger school, despite having already passed it with a C or better at a community college.

In other cases, students who changed majors when transferring might have found their ability to take courses qualifying for financial aid capped, a problem that’s also been corrected with this agreement.

The change is welcome because it provides certainty for students who already have enough headaches navigating the array of educational options on their way to joining the workforce.

Roughly one in eight students in the UNC system today transferred from a state community college. With a bachelor’s degree increasingly the minimum needed for a prosperous career, everything our education system can do to encourage and enhance that transition makes sense.

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