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New Legislation Allows Seamless Transfer to All NJ Public Colleges

ACCC graduates will be able to transfer seamlessly to baccalaureate degree programs at public four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey under historic legislation signed last month by Gov. Jon Corzine.

Under the new law each public higher education institution will enter into a collective statewide transfer agreement in consultation with the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and the New Jersey Presidents’ Council. The legislation requires the agreement to be in effect by September 2008.

ACCC President Peter Mora and Gov. Jon Corzine at the transfer legislation signing

ACCC President Peter Mora and Gov. Jon Corzine at the transfer legislation signing.

“This landmark legislation will significantly improve access to higher education for New Jersey residents for several reasons,” said Dr. Peter L. Mora, ACCC president. “First, state colleges will accept all courses completed by community college graduates. This will eliminate the need for community college transfer students to re-take courses they had passed at the community college. Second, by accepting all courses from the community college graduates, those students can complete their baccalaureate degrees sooner. “This will save them money on college tuition and enable them to enter the workforce earlier, thus increasing their income capacity. Finally, since minority students attend community colleges at higher rates than at senior state colleges, the enhanced transfer capability this legislation provides will foster increased minority student enrollment in baccalaureate programs.”

Prior to this legislation, New Jersey community college students have transferred to four-year colleges and universities on a college-to-college, course-by course basis. With this legislation, New Jersey joins nearly 40 other states throughout the country that have enacted some form of higher education transfer legislation.

“With increased enrollment in baccalaureate degree programs from community college graduates, more New Jersey students will complete the baccalaureate degree at state colleges and stay in this state,” Mora said. “Past experience shows that New Jersey students who complete undergraduate degrees in other states tend not to return to New Jersey upon graduation. This legislation will help reduce the ‘brain drain’ and improve the economic health of the state.”