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Westfield State University improves transfer credit policy to enhance student-friendly pathways

Starting in the Fall 2018 semester, Westfield State University will increase the number of transfer credits accepted from community colleges from 67 to 79 in an effort to ease the process for more community college students enrolled a variety of disciplines.

This new policy is in addition to the University’s current policy of accepting up to 90 transfer credits from community college nursing students enrolled in its RN-to-BSN program.

Westfield State University remains committed to partnering with community colleges to enhance student-friendly transfer agreements and processes.

“Westfield State has been growing its partnerships and relationship with the four local community colleges—Berkshire, Greenfield, Holyoke, and Springfield Technical—in an effort to provide better opportunities and increase pathways for more individuals to pursue a four-year college degree,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Parviz Ansari, Ph.D.

The University pursued the transfer credit policy changes to better position itself to compete for the increase in adult learners. The National Center for Education Statistics (NECS) predicts that the enrollment of adult learners will likely grow by 20 percent from 2012 to 2023. By 2020, NECS predicts that adult learners will represent 42 percent of all college students.

The increase in transfer credits will better position the University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education to better compete with its peer institutions for adult learners, while offering them greater accessibility and flexibility in order to meet their educational goals.

As a part of the public higher education institutions in Massachusetts, Westfield State University participates in the MassTransfer A2B Degree program through the Commonwealth Commitment, which enables students to begin and complete an associate degree at a community college within 2.5 years, then transfer to and complete a bachelor’s degree from a state university or UMass campus at a discounted rate. For more info, visit www.mass.edu/masstransfer.