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MANSFIELD -- More students than ever are beginning their college education while in high school and earning more credits affordably to transfer for their advanced degree.

Thanks to a new grant, North Central State College students who choose to transfer after earning associate degrees in English, psychology, and biology will have an additional pathway to help with their transfer to private four-year colleges and universities.

The Ohio Consortium for Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts project will include 14 independent colleges and universities and 10 community colleges in Ohio to establish three pathways to a bachelor’s degree in English, psychology, and biology.

"College education is changing and students are looking for flexibility, affordability, and overall value,” says Kelly Gray, Vice President of Academic Services at North Central State College. “This partnership helps make that process even easier. We appreciate the vision of the leaders who are working to make college credit transferrable and the foresight of the students who recognize the value that transferrable college credits represent.”

Project Director Winnie Gerhardt said losing credits during the transfer process can have severe consequences for students.

"Not only does taking extra classes cost more and add to student debt, but it can also increase students’ time-to-degree or even lower their chances of graduating at all,” Gerhardt said.

The Ohio Consortium for Transfer Pathways to Liberal Arts will build on a solid foundation for community college transfer in the state of Ohio.

The Consortium and North Central State College will address some of the most challenging barriers faced by community college students transferring to four-year colleges and universities, including a lack of comprehensive advising and credit loss in the transition between institutions.

“NC State will continue to look for opportunities to partner with colleges and universities that can provide pathways to help them reach their goals without accumulating overwhelming debt in the process," Gray said.

Participating Ohio Universities include:

Ashland University

Baldwin Wallace University

Bluffton University

Capital University

Defiance College

Denison University

Hiram College

Lourdes University

Malone University

Muskingum University

Ohio Dominican University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Tiffin University

Ursuline College

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