SUBJECT: COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER POLICY
Late last spring, the Kansas Board of Regents adopted a statewide "degree-granting policy" that requires, among other things, all baccalaureate degree programs to consist of at least 60 credit hours from baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, effective Fall 2003. Degree requirements for Washburn degrees are set by the Washburn Board of Regents in consultation with the faculty, and thus the University's position is that the KBOR policy does not automatically apply to Washburn. However, the KBOR policy is not inconsistent with current Washburn transfer policy, except for the exemption for PLAN students. In addition, Washburn was notified by North Central last spring that it had extended Washburn's accreditation to include the PLAN degree programs, with the stipulation that requirements for on-campus and off-campus programs be essentially identical.
The policy change recommended below would make our community college transfer policy consistent with the policies of the other six public higher education institutions in Kansas, and would apply to students in all programs, on-campus or off-campus.
We recommend replacing the current policy (p. 14 of the current catalog), which reads:
"After earning 64 hours of credit from a community college and/or a 4 year institution, no additional credits earned at a community college will apply toward the baccalaureate degree. The maximum credit which can be accepted from a community college is 64 credit hours. With the permission of the dean of the Washburn school or college in which the course would otherwise be taken, a course completed after this credit-hour limit is reached may satisfy a specific course requirement. However, such a course does not count toward the 124 hours required for such a degree."
with the following policy:
"At least 60 hours of the 124 hours required for the baccalaureate degree must be taken at a 4 year college or university."
It should also be noted that a specific exception is currently given for students in a PLAN degree completion program. We recommend striking the following paragraph on p. 22 of the current catalog referring to 2+2 PLAN Degree Completion Program. On p. 22 of the current catalog is the following policy statement, referring to PLAN programs: "These programs require a minimum of 40 upper division semester credit-hours from Washburn University...The associate degree and the remainder of the hours needed for the bachelor's degree can be earned from the participating community college."
The proposed transfer policy would be effective with the 2003-2004 catalog, i.e. Fall 2003.
The University Council approved the policy changes on October 8, 2002. The policy change was approved by the General Faculty on December 5, 2002.
President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval of the change in the Community College Transfer Policy.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President