New Kentucky Web site helps students transfer from community college to universities

A new Web site is aimed at making transfer from community colleges to four-year schools easier for Kentucky students.

The site launched Wednesday. The site has been set up by the Council on Postsecondary Education, the governing agency for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and four-year public schools.

"This Web site basically takes the guesswork out of transfer by showing students how their general education and pre-major courses will transfer and count as credit to any public four-year institution in Kentucky," said council President Bob King.

The site enables people to search course catalogs of Kentucky's colleges and universities to view how courses transfer from KCTCS to a chosen institution. Students can compile lists of courses using the "My Course List" and integrate the information into a "Transfer Planning Guide," which supplies information for the first advising session. They can also see how KCTCS courses count toward degree programs at public institutions.

The state's target is to have 9,580 students transferring from KCTCS to public and private four-year schools by 2013-2014. In 2011, 8,707 transferred.

Emily Conder, a transfer student from Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington and now a junior at the University of Kentucky, praised the new site.

"For community college students who are actively pursuing a degree upon transfer at a four-year college in the state, this Web site is gold," said Conder, a communication disorders and Spanish major.