Transfer planning

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about transferring credits/classes from college to college. This is a huge topic within the higher education community, so I thought I would take some time to discuss some helpful points for prospective and current students.

There are two major tools for you to use when you are planning your transfer: the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and Transferology™.

The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is a way for Minnesota colleges and universities to standardize general education coursework. The MnTC consists of 10 goal areas that can assist in mapping out your lower-division coursework for a bachelors degree:

  • Goal 1: Communication
  • Goal 2: Critical Thinking
  • Goal 3: Natural Sciences
  • Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Goal 7: Human Diversity
  • Goal 8: Global Perspective
  • Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility
  • Goal 10: People and the Environment

Most of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree will encompass some, if not all, of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Completing the MnTC can make transferring from an associate degree to a four-year institution so much easier. Speak with an advisor today if you have more questions on the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.
man with headphones and tablet

Transferology™ is a tool that allows students to plan out their next move in regards to transferring to another college. With a free account, you can input completed or planned courses from the school(s) that you are currently attending. Transferology™ will then show you schools that will accept your course work.

The really great thing is you can search for a fit by a variety of things: such as State (nine states), Tuition Amount, Population and School Type. Once you have selected a school, it will tell you what courses will transfer in. You are not left with the agonizing wait to hear from a college on what course work they will accept. You will have a pretty good idea within seconds on which courses will transfer. (Transfer results using this tool are not guaranteed, as the school you are wanting to transfer to does have the final say on what course work they will or will not accept.)

Good luck planning out your transfer! If you have questions, online advisors are standing by to help.

Contributed by: David Johnson | Online Advisor

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Starting over…

After a beautiful weekend with tons of time spent on outdoor activities with my kids, I resolved Sunday evening to make this a great week: with the sunshine, I will remain cheery and committed to my health and fitness goals.

Enter Monday morning…I go to refill my coffee and find a massive plate of goodies awaiting me (see image). Stopping dead in my tracks, I shake my fist at the coworker who delivered these. And then, because I’m weak, I take one and eat it. After grabbing the ipad to take a picture, I take another one. (The first one was just SO good. Kudos to the baker.) Ok…steering clear of the kitchen for the rest of the day!

plate of frosted sugar cookies

Multiply these cookies by three and add about two dozen cups of chocolate covered peanuts = DIET BLOWN

I’m already off track for the week, but the sun is shining and my weather app is telling me that it’ll be 52° today in Perham. So guess what? I’m starting over.

And that’s the beautiful thing…as long as we’re breathing, we can ALWAYS start over.  This applies to you too.

If you started college 10 years ago and dropped out after a couple of bad semesters, you can start over. Enroll today. If you earned a degree in one field and found that it’s not your passion, you can start over. Apply today. If you already know you want to begin again, but aren’t sure what your next step is, talk with an online advisor about your options. We love providing people with the resources they need for a new journey.

“So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” – Lee Iacocca

Well said, Lee. As for me, I’m wearing a new pair of walking shoes and plan to put them to use on my breaks today. And tonight, when I get home, I’m going to push a three-year-old up a hill on her tricycle, while pulling a one-year-old in a wagon and simultaneously try to stop the dog-on-a-leash from chasing passing cars. That’s called “going for a walk” at the Seifert household.  =)

Contributed by: Nicole Seifert | Sr. Online Advisor

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