Transfer Madness connects KCTCS students to 25 universities

For Kentucky college students interested in transferring their credits or associate degree to a four-year university, the state’s colleges and universities will host “Transfer Madness” on March 6, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The first entirely online, statewide transfer fair allows students tochat online with transfer advisers, search for scholarships, download materials and get questions answered.

President Randy Dunn said this is an exciting and innovative opportunity for Murray State to connect statewide with a unique cadre of students.

“Our Transfer Center typically serves well over 1,000 students annually so we’ll make our best case for an exceptional transfer experience to Murray State through our virtual booth and a live one-hour video conference with one of our recruitment counselors,” Dunn said.

Murray State’s Transfer Center is designed to help transfer students adapt to the University.

Staff members assist incoming students from other colleges and universities through the transfer process, including admissions, financial aid, academic advising and general questions they may have about transferring to Murray.

Maria Rose, director of Murray State’s Transfer Center said she is excited about the upcoming online Transfer Madness event.

“The Transfer Center’s goal is always to help ensure a smooth and successful transfer experience for all students. We hope this event will be the first step in that process for many students. What a great way to provide convenient access for those who may not be able to travel to an on-site fair,” Rose said.

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson made the announcement last week at a news conference at the Capitol. He was joined by Bob King, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education; Jay Box, chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System; and several transfer students who spoke on the importance of transfer to their educational and career goals. Legislators and representatives from the 25 participating universities and KCTCS also attended.

“I applaud our education partners for helping promote awareness about the seamless transition from high school to community and technical colleges to our four-year institutions,” Abramson said. “The best way to improve the quality of Kentucky’s workforce and give our companies strong employees is through a top-notch education system that aggressively promotes a college-going culture that has no barriers in credit transfers.”

Organizers hope the convenience of an online transfer fair will boost student participation since students can access the event from the comfort of their homes and at a time that suits their family and work schedules.

“We are excited to bring together colleges and universities with our education partners to smooth the transfer process for students,” King said. “Transfer Madness supports the state’s Stronger by Degrees strategic plan as well as House Bill 160, both of which call for improving the quality of Kentucky’s work force by increasing the number of Kentuckians who earn a bachelor’s degree. Starting at KCTCS is a great way to help achieve that goal.”

High school students who plan to begin their educational journey at a community college should also plan to attend.

Staff report.