January 9, 2012/The Washtenaw Voice
Chad Doxey wants to go to the University of Michigan, but is attending Washtenaw Community College for two years first.
“I hope to start at the U-M in the fall of 2013, pending admission, of course,” said the 36-year old Liberal Arts Transfer major from Ann Arbor.
With the high cost of tuition today, many students like Doxey look to WCC as a springboard to other colleges and universities. But how it is best done, specifically, isn’t always clear to them.
To help students transfer, the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers created a transfer agreement that uses the acronym of their title, MACRAO.
“I actually was just going to finish up my associate’s degree at WCC and start my bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University without transferring my credits,” said Amanda Blackburn, 25, and a Criminal Justice major from Ypsilanti Township.
“I met with a counselor to discuss graduation and such when she introduced me to the MACRAO program. I thought to myself, why haven’t I done this already? This way I am not taking duplicate classes through both places.”
The agreement makes it possible for interested WCC students to complete up to 30 credit hours and then transfer those to another college or university. MACRAO students are required to complete at least eight of their 30 credit hours at WCC and have a minimum 2.0 grade point average to be eligible.
“I anticipate making the transfer from WCC to EMU this spring, and completing my term at EMU by the spring of 2013,” Blackburn said. “After that, I hope to start at Cooley Law School in the fall of 2013.”
According to Doug Potter, manager of Specialized Recruiting for EMU, the best course of action for any WCC student wanting to transfer is to meet with a counselor or adviser sooner, rather than later.
“Even if it’s a few years down the road, start by meeting with a counselor from WCC and an EMU Transfer Admissions Representative as early as possible,” Potter said.
Because of a strong partnership with WCC, walk-in advising is available to students with representatives from the EMU Advising Office located in WCC’s Counseling Office. They are available year-round on Wednesdays from 1-5 p.m. and Thursdays from noon-4 p.m.
Potter also believes that many students use the agreement because it is an efficient way to transfer.
“We had approximately 2,100 new transfer students enroll this past Fall,” he said. “I would guess that nearly half of them from Michigan community colleges came with a completed MACRAO agreement.”
To fulfill the MACRAO agreement, WCC students need six credit hours in English Composition, eight-to-nine hours in the social sciences like sociology, history or psychology, eight-to-nine credits in math and science, and eight-to-nine hours in the humanities like art, drama, music, journalism or foreign language.
In addition, some colleges and universities have special limitations, exceptions and additions that an advisor will explain as part of the intended school’s requirement and help ensure a successful transfer.
“Even though U-M has stricter requirements over Eastern, Michigan has more programs that interest me,” Doxey said. “I keep in regular contact with people at both places to make sure things are still going OK.”
In addition to speaking to college and university advisors, additional information and a list of supported educational institutions are available by visiting the student services section of http://wccnet.edu and at http://MACRAO.org.