In a move that underscores Wilmington College’s commitment to offer transfer students a seamless transition, the College’s main campus, and Cincinnati Branches will recognize general education courses that students have taken at two-year schools as satisfying WC’s graduation requirements.
Here’s what makes this news exciting and exceptional! Any student who earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science from a regionally accredited institution will be able to take advantage of this new policy. In addition, transfer students completing the Ohio Transfer Module also will qualify for a seamless allocation of their general education credits.
The College will begin offering this Transfer Advantage for students entering WC in fall 2018. This includes the College’s main campus in Wilmington, as well as its Cincinnati Branch at Blue Ash and degree completion program at Cincinnati State Community and Technical College.
Will Bradley, academic advising and financial aid director for WC’s external programs, said the new policy can not only save students time and money in pursuing their bachelor’s degree, but it also should increase transfer students’ options for adding a minor or second major or taking specialized elective courses at WC.
He added that it’s very likely that the vast majority of students would start their studies at WC with junior class status.
“Many individuals cite financial and time barriers as reasons why they don’t pursue higher education,” Bradley said, noting that, even before the “Transfer Advantage” program, the Cincinnati Branches were known for their acceptance of previous educational and life experience, as well as academic flexibility that includes accelerated courses.
“This is a testament to our vision statement about being a model college that melds the liberal arts and career preparation in order to graduate liberally educated professionals,” he said
Bradley noted Ohio’s 23 public community colleges and Kentucky’s community college system are all regionally accredited and Wilmington College recognizes A.A. and A.S. degrees from those institutions for a seamless transfer of general education credits, for which students earned a C- or better.
Sharron Colon, coordinator of WC’s Cincinnati State degree completion program, said the “Transfer Advantage” would be especially appealing to potential students.
“I know time and money are so important to our students because they have so much going on in their lives: working full time, taking care of their family, their kids’ after-school activities, and more,” she said. “Knowing that half of their curriculum is completed when they start with us is a breath of fresh air and extremely motivational. ‘Transfer Advantage’ takes what we offer to the next level.”
Colon added that “This will provide many students with an even better opportunity to finish their bachelor’s degree program after four years — two at their community college and the last two at WC.”
“We’ve made the process for transfer students quick, simple and affordable.”