Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Noteworthy News; Making the Transfer

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Noteworthy News; Making the Transfer

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What started five years ago as an effort to make it easier for African-American students to transfer from San Francisco City College to historically Black colleges and universities has turned into a national network of more than 350 schools.

In early June, the president of what is now the National Articulation and Transfer Network (NATN), Dr. Philip R. Day, also president of San Francisco City College, visited the Bayou State to talk articulation with the leaders of Louisiana's six-year-old community college system and several historically Black universities.

Like 80 percent of the states, Louisiana has negotiated several internal articulation agreements aimed at making it easier for students to transfer from a two-year public college in Louisiana to a four-year college there.

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) has agreements in place with the historically Black Southern University system and the University of Louisiana System, which governs historically Black Grambling State University.

But the LCTCS is negotiating an articulation agreement with the predominantly White Louisiana State University system.

During his visit to Louisiana, Day warned that even in states that have intrastate articulation agreements, two-year college students can find themselves at risk if they transfer to an out-of-state school.

As an example, Day pointed to one of his former students at Daytona Beach Community College, where he served as president for eight years before taking the helm of San Francisco City College.

A former ranaway from Chicago, the student earned an associate degree with a 3.85 grade-point average at Daytona Beach Community College, Day said. The woman's dream was to return to her native Chicago and teach math in the inner-city schools that she'd once attended. Instead of transferring all 65 credits that she earned at DBCC to a four-year university in Florida, the woman lost 39 credits by transferring to the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"We lost a whole year of somebody who to this day has dedicated every day in her life to teaching in those inner-city schools. We all lost on that one," Day says.

Day's comments were well received by Dr. Walter Bumphus, president of LCTCS, who noted that the visit marked the first time that representatives from all four of Louisiana's public college systems had met in the same room to discuss articulation. …

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