Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 349

Health occupation credit transfer between UW System schools

Full Description

(Wieckert) Under current law, the Board of Regents (board) of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System must establish policies for the appropriate transfer of credits between institutions within the UW System. This bill requires the board, within five years, to ensure that all credits in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medical technology programs are fully transferable between institutions within the UW System.

Referred to: Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities.

UW System Position

OPPOSE: The nursing schools indicate that little if any data suggests that students are substantially disadvantaged in the current system if they need to relocate. In the rare event it is necessary, arrangements can be made on an individual basis.

Additionally, programs at different campuses may, for very good reasons, have different structures and emphases (i.e., some are more directed toward needs of rural communities, some offer different timetables, etc). These are positive attributes, as students often choose programs because of these attributes; a top-down requirement for complete credit transfer will drive programs to adopt a 'one size fits all' mentality which is not desirable.