The Michigan Daily - Monday, June 5, 2006 - 3
Conference with state
community college presidents
discusses barriers for transfers
By Mariem Qamruzzaman
Daily Staff Reporter
Standing before community college presi-
dents from across Michigan, Senior Vice
Provost for Academic Affairs Lester Monts
reiterated the reason for their gathering - to
confront issues hindering low to moderate
income community college students from
transferring to the University.
The effort is supported by a million-dollar
grant the University received from the Jack
Kent Cooke Foundation, a nationwide scholar-
1 ship foundation.
The meeting last Tuesday was the first in a series
on the topic. No definite solutions are finalized -
attendees only articulated their concerns and asked
how the University plans to address them.
Washtenaw Community College President
Larry Whitworth said the University needs to
find ways to make itself more accessible to stu-
to increase transfer students
dents who are 24 years or older and have fami- lion to help community college transfer stu-
lies and bills to pay. dents, Monts said.
LSA senior Phillip Rutherford, a transfer stu- Rutherford said that he did not have many
dent from Washtenaw, said that he has noticed reservations about applying to the Univer-
that University professors sity because he knew the
are unlikely to make dead- options available to him
line or workload excep- through financial aid.
tions for students who have "The 'U' says that if "The reason why I
other obligations. wasn't so hesitant about
"At Michigan, everyone students take a college transferring was because
(here) is relatively the same the (Michigan Transfer
age and school is supposed course and they need Initative for Emerging
to be your life," Ruther- Itforhg s 1 Scholars) program brought
ford said. "It doesn't mat- high scaooa a financial aid advisor who
ter if you have a job or if raduation th spoke to us about ways to
you have children - your ga'ue pay tuition," he said.
workload is not going to cannot double dip." M-TIES is a joint pro-
change based on that." gram between WCC and
Art and Design junior - Senior Associate Director the University that aids
Betsy Jo, a 58-year-old Sally Lindsley underrepresented minor-
transfer student from ity students transferring
WCC, said the number of to the University.
older students there far Many community college
exceeded the amount at the University. presidents also voiced their concern that the Uni-
Securing financial aid is a central concern for versity does not accept dual-enrollment credits.
many transfer students. But Senior Associate Director of Admissions
The University recently committed $4.5 mil- Sally Lindsley said the University accepts the
credits in most cases.
"The University says that if students take a
college course and they need it for high school
graduation, they cannot double dip," she said.
If the University does not offer a comparable
course to the one taken at a community college,
no credit will be given, Lindsley said.
The University is currently working on updat-
ing course guides for each community college
so it is clear which courses are equivalent.
The course guides for each community college
have not been updated since the late 90s, said
Lindsley, who is managing the update.
Rutherford said that because the course
guides were old, it was not clear to him that
his English class at Washtenaw would not meet
the first-year writing requirement. He has yet
to fulfill the requirement even though he is a
senior English major.
Dilip Das, project manager for the Cooke
Foundation grant, said other projects include
creating an LSA advising staff specifically
for transfer students and a team of University
staff, who will travel to Michigan's 31 commu-
nity colleges over four years to "build relation-
ships and get a feel for the student body and
potential transfer students."
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cucumbers and strawberries.
With a population of about 100,000
workers at any given time during the
year, peaking during mid-June and
July for the growing season, Michi-
gan is one of the top five receiving
states for migrant workers.
sT hroughout the summer, partici-
pants in the University's Migrant
Outreach Program make bi-weekly
trips to the workers' camps where
they serve as interpreters and teach
ESL and pesticide training classes.
The University's English Language
Institute and Residential College co-
founded the program in 2002, which
also includes a University class dur-
ing the spring semester.
A shortage of migrant workers
is predicted this year because of
ICE "sweeping away (the workers)
in buses," ELI coordinator John
ICE's crackdown has had a huge
impact on families, making peo-
ple afraid to leave their homes,
Immigration reform has been on the
political ticket for months. Two weeks
ago, the United States Senate passed
a bill that would allow 200,000 new
guest worker visas each year.
Immigrants will also be grouped
into one of three tiers. Individu-
als who have been in the U.S. for
at least five years may remain and
apply for citizenship.
Those who have been in the U.S. for
two to five years would have to leave the
United States and return to their country
of origin. Therethey can apply for a green
* card and most likely gain admittance back
into the United States The third tier con-
sists of those who have only been in the
U.S. for two years - about two million
immigrants. This cohort of individuals
would be deported immediately.
A joint House and Senate commit-
tee hearing is expected to signifi-
cantly mark-up the bill.
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