Losing time and money

Transfer students have trouble transferring credits

ALI CLARK  | Collegio Reporter

About 550 students transferred to Pittsburg State
last fall. This process isn’t just a transition to a new
school and environment, but means transferring all
of the credit hours taken at a different university to
Pitt State. Sometimes this transfer happens without
a hitch. However, there are times when it comes
with major problems.
Maddi Kinkelaar transferred to Pitt from Dodge
City Community College last year and she says she
encountered roadblocks when trying to transfer her
“It was a nightmare,” said Kinkelaar, senior in
communication. “I argued with degree checking
and everyone on campus about my credits transferring
for so long.”
Kinkelaar says she will need fi ve years to
graduate instead of four because 15 hours worth of
credits didn’t transfer when she changed schools.
“That’s a whole semester,” Kinkelaar said.
Barbara Van Becelaere, assistant registrar for
transcript analysis, says that the offi ce gets a lot of
traffi c at the beginning of the semester from transfer
students trying to fi nalize their transfer credits.
Van Becelaere says she does most of the reviewing
of general education courses, but most of the upper
level classes have to be approved by the chair of
that department.
“We do everything on course content,” Van
Becelaere said. “I look at the course description and
if it compares favorably to what we teach here, if it
matches up pretty well, then the student gets one of
our course numbers.”
Van Becelaere says she contacts the department
chair for a class if she has a question regarding
content. Van Becelaere says she has a database with
most of the courses offered at close community colleges
that Pitt State approves for transfer.
Some students like Courtni Dillard do
not have much of a problem transferring
credits to Pitt State.
“Everything actually transferred really
easily,” said Dillard, junior in communication.
“There were a couple classes they
didn’t recognize but for the most part everything
went so simply.”
Miranda McCuistion, junior in communication
education, says she had an easy
time transferring her credits because of the
ties between her old school, Neosho County
Community College, and Pittsburg State.
McCuistion says Pitt State was her second
transfer; she fi rst transferred from Neosho to
Fort Hays, but when she decided to change
her major she transferred to Pitt. She says
her classes at Fort Hays only transferred as
electives but that was due to her change in
Amy Childers says she transferred from
Coffeyville Community College and had
only one class that didn’t transfer.
“I took American History at Coffeyville,”
said Childers, junior in business management.
“And the lady I talked to said it was
only good for a history major.”
Childers says she didn’t mind, though,
since it was only one class and taking a history
class over again doesn’t bother her.
Van Becelaere says if students feel that
a course should be transferred and counted
toward a certain course, they may appeal to
the chairperson of that department using a
syllabus from the class they took so that the
professor may have a deeper understanding
of what the student learned in that class to
see if it matches with Pitt State’s class. She
says many times the course instructor must
approve the course for the transfer student.
Van Becelaere says there are some appeals
every semester but not very many.
“I wouldn’t say they happen terribly
often,” Van Becelaere said. “Maybe 10 in a
semester, sometimes just fi ve in a semester.”

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