U. Maine officials try to hammer out better system for college credit

7:35 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Leaders of the University of Maine state system are now trying to make it easier for students to transfer credits from one campus to another.

Many students transfer from one school to another in the U. Maine system but right now credits for certain courses do not follow the student.

A steering committee looking into the problem for the system's board of trustees is now recommending the university build better web pages for credit transfer. It also wants to see more uniform course work in majors like math, science and business  as well as general education classes that can be easily transferred from one school to another.

"So that students who usually take these courses in their first two years are going to have common learning experiences and common standards by which they're judged... which will facilitate that transfer," said Wilson Hess, who is president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent and chair of the steering committee.

U. Maine officials say the new credit plan will require an investment of about $900,000. That will mostly go to training faculty and streamlining curriculum. They are hoping to have the new system in place by the spring of next year.


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