In fall 2014, Michigan community colleges and universities adopted the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) which allows students to transfer 30 credit hours of general education coursework from a community college to a 4-year institution. In fall 2016, Michigan community colleges and universities established a statewide Transfer Steering Committee to ensure more students transfer with an associate degree and earn a bachelor’s degree.
The FY 2018 state budget included a one-time appropriation to support a statewide initiative to replace the Michigan Transfer Network (MTN) and build multi-institutional associate to bachelor’s degree transfer pathways. Michigan community colleges, public and independent and private universities have been working collaboratively to increase associate and bachelor’s degree completion among transfer students from all backgrounds through collaboration among faculty and higher education administrators.
The project was informed by materials provided from other states that have also developed associate to bachelor's degree transfer pathways as well as several research reports, including the National Student Clearinghouse Signature Report 13 Tracking Transfer, the Community College Research Center's (CCRC) and the Aspen Institute's Transfer Playbook, and a custom report from Dr. Jason Taylor (University of Utah) on Postsecondary Transfer and Mobility in Michigan.
Michigan Transfer Steering Committee
The Transfer Steering Committee’s mission is to increase associate and bachelor’s degree completion among transfer students from all backgrounds. The objective is to make the overall transfer experience more efficient, easy to understand, and simple to navigate while optimizing credit transfer.
Michigan colleges and universities delivered a new, enhanced Michigan Transfer Network website in Spring 2019, 10 transfer pathways in high demand majors, 4 applied workforce pathways, and a database that provides course equivalencies for earned industry credentials.
How Can My Institution Get Involved?
Institutions belonging to the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO), as well as the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU), or Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities (MICU) are invited to participate with all of these projects. Contact your sector representative for more information on how to get involved.
Michigan Community College Association
Erica Lee Orians
Vice President and Executive Director, Michigan Center for Student Success
Michigan Association of State Universities
Chief Policy Officer
Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities
Director of Member Services