Limit on transfer credits for freshmen proposed by officials
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 23:10
UConn administrators are presenting a proposal to limit certain outside credits for matriculating freshman at 30.
The authors of the proposal, Vice Provost of Academic Administration Sally Reis and Vice President for Enrollment Wayne Locust, claim that this change will protect the academic integrity at UConn.
The current policy states that the university accepts 90 transfer credits from matriculating freshman in all bachelors’ programs excluding nursing, pharmacy and engineering.
Reis stressed that the new policy, if enacted, would only apply to matriculating freshman, and would not affect the vast majority of students. She explained that there had been misconceptions about who would be affected and that this would not affect transfer students.
According to Reis, under its current policy UConn allows more credits for matriculating freshman than most other comparable universities, which allow an average of about 30 transfer credits for freshman.
“We believe these regulations have not changed since the 1940s,” said Reis.
Reis said that although freshman are currently allowed to transfer 90 credits, the mean number of credits that they typically transfer in is eight, excluding AP or ECE credits.
The proposal will have to pass the Scholastic Standards Committee, which includes a student representative. If it passes, it will move on to the Senate Executive Committee. The next step would be for it to be passed by the Board of Trustees.
Depending on how long this process takes – it could require a few months – the policy could potentially be in place either next semester or within the next academic year.
Reis said that there will be a clear appeal process for the first five years of the new policy and that students with financial concerns can appeal.
Reis feels that other students would agree with this policy change because it would add value to a UConn degree.
“To me, if you get a UConn degree it means you have taken the vast majority of your credits at UConn,” said Reis, “We want our students to take most of their courses with our own faculty in our own curriculum.”
Reis claims that many of the credits students want to transfer in are from classes that are less rigorous than comparative UConn classes.
Philip Jones, Academic Affairs Committee member for the Undergraduate Student Government, has a different idea of what it means for a degree to have integrity.
“I believe the change would be negligible at best,” said Jones, a 7th-semester geography and history double major. “Other factors such as research and awards matter so much more.”
Jones said he would support the administration’s proposal because allowing 30 transfer credits for freshman seems reasonable, but he is wary of the administration’s agenda.
“It feels like the administration is focusing more on becoming elite instead of focusing on getting the best education possible for the most Connecticut residents,” said Jones.