Got 30 credit hours? A universal approach to provide college courses

College officials have been told for years that students too often are losing credits when they transfer from a community college to a four-year state college.

That may soon change.

The Board of Regents for Higher Education — which oversees the state’s dozen community colleges and four state universities — in September approved a sample transfer policy that will require every college to offer all the same general education courses.

Translation: students are guaranteed that 30 credit hours of courses they took will transfer seamlessly to their new college.

But before the 30-hour universal credits begin being implemented for the 6,800 students that move from college-to-college in the system each year, the regents sought the nod from faculty boards at each of the campuses.

So far the faculty boards for 10 colleges have approved the transfer policy, Tunxis Community College has rejected it and six faculty boards still have to vote. That voting will wrap up by Feb. 15.

Faculty informed legislators last year that have some concerns with a universal approach.

Merle Harris, the regent who has been the point person for implementing this policy, said that she is not sure what the next step is at the colleges where the faculty are not on board.

“We will have to discus exactly what we are to do,” Harris said after briefing the regents on the issue during their meeting Thursday.

State law requires that, “Teaching faculty from the regional community-technical college system and the Connecticut State University System, elected pursuant to a uniform, system-wide election by the faculty senates representing each of such constituent units, shall be included in the development and implementation of the general education core of courses.”

The law requires that these general education courses be in place by July 1 of this year.

Harris said the timing couldn’t be better.

“It’s been an issue for many years,” she said.