Tough times should lead to change in transfer issues

Most students will agree all credits from respected community colleges should transfer to UH.

Students throughout the country are facing an economic crisis, scrambling to raise every penny needed to pay for their college education. Meanwhile, those who cannot afford rising tuition costs have decided to take several courses at places like San Jacinto College and Houston Community College.

One problem exists for these students. UH does not accept certain credits from these institutions.

Thousands of students have taken courses at community colleges only to be informed after transferring that a few of these courses, most of which UH also offers, will not be accepted. The education provided by schools like SJC and HCC is more than sufficient, yet the University’s policies remain behind the times.

UH refuses to recognize this, continually rejecting at least a few courses from almost every student who transfers from a two-year school. Money must arguably be one of the motives behind this.

For example, if UH refuses to accept credits from Spanish courses taken at HCC, students will have to pay UH to take a course that they have already proven they can pass.

This is quite an insult to students, but it doesn’t stop here. According to a Department of Communication adviser, financial difficulty is not an adequate reason to obtain a waiver to earn credits at a two-year college during students’ final 30 hours before graduation. Students must either receive the credit without the waiver and restart their 30 hours, or take the course at UH.

Universities are supposed to be places of learning and growth, and UH should do almost everything in its power to help students graduate. Instead, the University forces students into debt by disregarding certain credits from two-year schools.

A change is long overdue, but students shouldn’t hold their breath. The administration has proven in the past that cash rules everything around them.

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