Academic Affairs

Committee on
Baccalaureate Expansion (COBE)

UW/WTCS Transfer Initiatives

UW System Board of Regents Resolution:
That, upon recommendation of the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the Board of Regents endorses the six proposals to enhance credit transfer opportunities between the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Technical College System and to explore other opportunities to expand the number of baccalaureate degree holders in Wisconsin. The UW System Board of Regents and System Administration will continue to work with the Wisconsin Technical College System on developing further transfer opportunities that ensure student success.

The UW System will work with appropriate governance structures at each of its institutions to ensure effective implementation. The goal for implementation of the following initiatives is fall, 2004.

Part I: Transfer of Occupational/Technical Courses
A new policy will be established that will enable UW institutions to transfer WTCS occupational/technical courses on a course-by-course basis. These courses will be reviewed by UW faculty at each UW System institution, and will transfer if they are found to be comparable or equivalent to UW courses at each institution. These courses will be officially posted on the Transfer Information System (TIS).

Part II: Transfer of WTCS General Education Core Courses
Subject to review and approval by the faculties at each UW System institution, a list of WTCS general education core courses will be established that will transfer and apply to UW institutions. WTCS students in applied associate degree programs will be able to transfer up to 30 credits from these courses, and apply them toward general education and/or other degree requirements at UW institutions. The manner in which they apply will depend upon the student's major and the general education and program requirements of the particular UW institution.

Part III: Degree Completion Program Agreements
The two Systems will continue to develop "2+2" degree completion programs where WTCS students will be able to transfer additional courses toward a UW four-year degree. WTCS students selecting these programs will receive a written program agreement that will specify the courses that will transfer, how they will apply, and what additional requirements will be needed for graduation.

Part IV: Credit Transfer Contract
WTCS students will be able to check and confirm how their courses will transfer towards a UW degree by referencing the Transfer Information System (TIS). The TIS printed report will serve as a written credit transfer contract for students who successfully complete the courses.

Part V: Transfer of WTCS Liberal Arts Degree Graduates
Students who graduate from WTCS liberal arts (college parallel) programs at MATC-Madison, MATC-Milwaukee and Nicolet Area Technical College with an associate of arts or sciences degree specifically aligned with the UW associate degree will be able to transfer up to 72 credits and have their university-wide general education requirements satisfied at any UW institution, subject to review and approval by the faculties at each UW System institution.

Part VI: Expansion of Baccalaureate Degree Holders in Wisconsin
A broad-based committee will be created to explore additional options for expanding the number of baccalaureate degree holders in Wisconsin in collaborative and cost-effective ways.