by Laura Lyjak and
They might have long names
or hard-to pronounce acronyms, but OCC transfer programs exist to streamline the
transition from OCC to four-year colleges.
Articulation is just a fancy five-syllable word for transfer. OCC has articulation
agreements with various four year colleges in many specific programs — something
you, as a person who wants to get a bachelor’s degree as efficiently as possible
- will find useful indeed. These articulation agreements are program- to-program
transfer arrangements that connect specific associate degree programs at OCC with
specific bachelor degree programs at four-year schools. What
is MACRAO anyway? Here’s a mouthful – Michigan Association of Collegiate
Registrars and Admissions Officers articulation agreement. It’s easier to just say
MACRAO, and all you need to remember is that MACRAO makes it easy for you to transfer
30 hours of general education requirements from OCC (or other participating colleges)
to a long list of Michigan colleges and universities. Thirty-three colleges and
universities in Michigan participate in MACRAO.
Plan your move at OCC’s College Transfer Center
OCC’s College Transfer Center (CTC), located at the Highland Lakes Campus, offers
students accurate, up-to date information on which OCC courses will transfer to
which four-year college or university programs. CTC counselors, Sue Murdock and
Nicole Kassab stress the importance of working with the CTC as soon as possible:
Since most students remain at OCC for only a year or two, it’s important to make
sure every class counts toward a transfer. It’s also important to make a top choice
and alternate choices for the four-year school you’d ultimately like to attend,
and to pick the program into which you’d like to transfer.
| "Many colleges limit the number
of transfer students into popular programs, such as Education and Business,"
Murdock explains. "And all colleges have very specific requirements
of what classes can and can’t be transferred to meet the requirements
for a major."
Questions? Answers are just a call away
OCC’s College Transfer Center continually updates its information
and shares it with counselors at each of the college’s five campuses.
So, if you have questions about how and where to transfer, all you
have to do is call an OCC counselor on your campus, call the CTC
at 248-942-3054...or log on to the OCC website.
Where do OCC students transfer?
Top seven transfer schools
in 2001 (based on requests for transcripts)
Wayne State University
Michigan State University
Western Michigan University
University of Michigan – Dearborn
Eastern Michigan University
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa, the international
honor society for community college students, is
the largest organization of its kind in higher education
with approximately 1,200 chapters in the U.S., Canada,
Germany and Japan. More than 80,000 students are
inducted annually into the organization. Phi Theta
Kappa’s purpose is to encourage scholarship among
associate degree students. To this end the organization
provides opportunities for leadership, fellowship,
service, and the recognition of achievements. In
order to become eligible students must generally
complete 12 hours of associate degree course work
with a grade point of 3.5 or higher. More than 550
senior colleges and universities provide $33 million
in scholarships earmarked exclusively for Phi Theta
Kappa members. In addition, the organization itself
awards $150,000 annually in scholarships to members
and chapter advisors.