Many years ago, transferring credits from one school to another was a fairly straightforward process.
Today, with the increasing number of educational institutions offering credits and degrees—including various types of online colleges—the amount of transferrable credits has skyrocketed, making the process much more complicated.
It’s not uncommon these days for students to attend several colleges before earning their degree. This is why the transferability of credits has become an important topic of discussion, especially for students wanting to graduate in a reasonable timeframe.
Unfortunately, the academic industry does not always make it easy for students to transfer credits. Many schools have not kept pace with today’s more “mobile” student, turning away thousands of smart, capable students in order to uphold policies that were put in place thirty years ago.
Regional and National Accreditation
For example, many regionally accredited institutions (which constitute more than 85 percent of all colleges and universities in the U.S.) will only accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions. This prevents any opportunity for students coming from a nationally accredited school to pick up where they left off at a regionally accredited school, forcing them to start over.
Luckily, students have the right to appeal the decision of any college or university not willing to accept transfer credits based solely on the fact that they were earned at a nationally accredited institution.
Globe University recognizes the struggle many students face when trying to get their credits transferred. Unlike other schools that have outdated policies regarding transfer credits, we take a more progressive approach, accepting credits from both regionally and nationally accredited institutions.
The Globe Difference
In the year 2013, Globe accepted transfer credits from more than 365 different institutions. That averages to 27 transferred credits, six months and nearly 12 thousand dollars saved per student!
We strive to make the process of transferring credits as hassle-free as possible for anyone who wants to come to school here.
There are set guidelines we follow when evaluating transfer credits (found in our course catalog, page 14):
1. The educational quality of the institution from which the student transfers.
2. The appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned to the student’s program at Globe University in light of the student’s educational goals.
3. The requirement that a minimum of 25 percent of total program credits must be completed at Globe University in all certificate, diploma, associate in applied science and bachelor’s degree programs. The minimum requirements for graduate programs are listed in the graduate section of the catalog.
Benefits of Transferring Credits
Study what you want – Sometimes students change their minds regarding what they want to study after enrolling in a school, but that doesn’t mean they have to be miserable for years. If your current school does not offer the program you want, transferring can be a great option for you.
New experiences – Transferring schools provides students with a change of scenery, including meeting new people, learning from new teachers and having new experiences. You might even participate in new activities, sports or other organizations not available at your previous school.
Growth opportunity – Going to a new school forces you out of your comfort zone and helps you grow both socially and intellectually. Challenging yourself helps make you stronger and more well-rounded.