College students looking to transfer college credits or associate degrees to a four-year institution will have the opportunity to connect with those institutions and get questions answered during a 12-hour online Transfer Madness fair set for Wednesday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST at http://transfermadness.org.
Now in its second year, Transfer Madness connects students from the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to advisors from more than 20 four-year institutions. Students can chat live with admissions representatives and advisors at the universities of their choice, download e-brochures, find out about scholarships, and register for prizes.
Governor Steve Beshear and Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall helped launch the event at a press conference on Wednesday, February 26 in Frankfort. KCTCS transfer students also participated, along with other state education leaders.
“We have worked hard to create a ‘transfer-friendly’ postsecondary education system,” said Beshear. “And we are making progress, with an almost 30 percent increase in KCTCS transfers to public and private institutions over the past five years.”
The Transfer Madness roster includes all eight of the state’s public universities, the 16 colleges of KCTCS, and 15 independent colleges and universities, and two for-profit institutions. Also represented with booths at the fair include the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, staff from CPE’s KnowHow2Transfer.org website, and CollegeFish.org, an online resource to promote positive two-year completion and transfer pathways.
“Choosing one of Kentucky's outstanding universities at which to complete a bachelor's degree can be a daunting task for community college transfer students,” says Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) President, Dr. Phillip Neal. “The Transfer Madness event is a unique virtual opportunity to conduct research and build linkages with more than a dozen four-year institutions in the same environment. It is a one-stop-shop that maximizes a student's contact with institutional officials while minimizing their travel and expense.”
High school students who plan to attend a community college before transferring and four-year college students considering a transfer are invited to participate. The online transfer fair enables students to access the event at a time that suits their school, family and work schedules.
Ashley Coffey will receive her Associate in Arts degree from SKYCTC this Spring and plans to transfer her credits to WKU to earn her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a minor in Gerontology. Ashley says, “The Transfer Madness event will help me to be able to connect with the representatives who will assist me with the resourced I need to transfer to WKU.”
SKYCTC is encouraging their students planning to transfer to a four-year college after completing their Associate Degree, to log on to the Transfer Madness website for information. SKYCTC will offer assistance to student the day of the event in the Student Success Center on the College’s Main Campus.
Transfer Madness is sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education and the participating colleges and universities.
To register for the event and prizes, and to view the list of the participating colleges, universities and other partners, go to http://www.transfermadness.org.