When high school students enroll in higher education they are met with many decisions. One of those decisions is where to go. The answer never seems as simple as picking their parent’s alma mater, but instead the focus can go to the money. In the State of Kentucky a private college can cost $18,000 a year while a public university can cost $13,000 a year. One way students can combat this cost is by enrolling in a technical or community college. By attending a technical college or community college a student can cut the price in half as the average tuition is $6,000.
Once students decide on this route they need to make sure they are set up for success, after their two-year degree they will want to transfer. Students in Kentucky have the option to enroll in a transfer pathway, this helps guide them through their decisions. Once enrolled, students will pick a major or career they want to focus on. Once they have chosen their major they can map out a pathway to ensure they complete their credits and take the right courses. The second thing students will do is get in contact with a transfer advisor. This will help the transfer process go smoothly and encourage the student to participate in their new school’s community. The third step is making sure the student’s credits are transferable. Studies have found that students who transfer more than 50% of their credits are two-and-a-half times more likely to earn their bachelors.
Providing students with the tools to transfer and providing them guidance is a key factor to their success. By carving out a path from community colleges to universities students are able to transfer and graduate. When students enroll in a community college or technical college and transfer after their associates 70% of them go on to earn their bachelor’s degree. By focusing on the students and their needs along with institutional collaboration students in Kentucky are following through with their educational goals.
Source: Kentucky Student Success Collaborative