College transfer portal aids degree-seekers

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The Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation (ICUTF) is partnering with the Texas Association of Community Colleges and College Consortium on a new initiative accelerating completion and reducing costs to bachelor's degrees.

The ICUTF Transfer Portal will use College Consortium's academic sharing platform to connect associate's degree earners with transfer-friendly online bachelor's degrees at private, nonprofit universities in Texas.

The portal is made possible by a National Ventures Fund grant from the Council of Independent Colleges and is designed to increase the number of students graduating with a bachelor's degree by featuring online pathways intended to be convenient and affordable.

"Students may think a degree from a private, nonprofit school is out of reach, that's just not true," said Ray Martinez, ICUTF President.

The average associate degree earner in Texas has attempted 92 credit hours, yet most schools only accept 60 upon transfer. The participating 4-year schools have leaner majors accepting up to 90 credit hours, allowing students to earn their bachelor's degree in as little as a year and with little out-of-pocket cost.

"Together, we're creating seamless pathways for students to earn their associate degree and continue on to a bachelor's," said Richard Rhodes, President and CEO of Austin Community College.

In addition to aggregating the bachelor's degrees, the portal automates the articulation, application and admissions process securely transferring data between the 2- and 4-year schools' SIS.

For more info, visit www.collegeconsortium.org/transfer.

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