MassTransfer Pathways

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About

MassTransfer Pathways builds on the work of the Common Course Numbering initiative, which was created to ease the process of transfer among Massachusetts public colleges and universities governed by the MassTransfer policy. It was developed by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in close collaboration with the 29 public campuses, with the goal of going beyond the simple cataloguing of courses and increasing student success.

The basic approach undertaken in creating MassTransfer Pathways among the public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth relies on three distinct components that build upon each other. These three components consist of:

  1. Identify the foundational courses for each discipline. Foundational courses are those offered amongst the community colleges, state university, and University of Massachusetts campuses that are made of the core coursework that is recommended for students to complete during their first two years of study in a given discipline. This will allow for a full discussion of the foundational courses in the disciplines that are offered amongst the three different segments. After the courses have been identified, faculty develop a list of essential core components that need to be covered in order for the course be part of a statewide equivalency, therefore making it eligible for transfer across the Commonwealth amongst public higher education institutions.
  2. Transfer representatives and faculty work with DHE staff to build a pathway map that lists the sequence of courses that make up the first 60 credits for native students including those courses in a particular major. These should include the foundational courses that arise from Step 1. Then, the 60-credits are mapped backed to the community colleges. The information gleaned from the first two components of this exercise will allow DHE to construct a web-based portal for students to immediately track the academic pathways, by discipline, from the two-year to four-year institutions.
  3. The beginnings of a dialogue, within the discipline and across our public institutions, about the competencies and skills that students need as they progress through their first two years of study. This is clearly more long-term in nature but brings a depth and rigor to the discussions that go beyond the simple cataloguing of courses, creation of transfer pathways, and listing of credits.

For more information about this initiative, read DOC Creating a Unified System of Transfer for the Commonwealth.

Timeline

Cycle II Pathways

Business, Computer Science, Communication and Media Studies, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, English, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Sociology, STEM Metamajor in Natural and Physical Sciences
Identify Campus Disciplinary Experts and Transfer Specialists Summer 2015
Identify and Meet with Disciplinary Segmental Leaders October 2, 2015
MassTransfer Pathways Fall Conference October 16, 2015
MassTransfer Pathways Convenings by Discipline - Develop Statewide Equivalencies for Foundational Courses Spring 2016
60-Credit Pathways Developed by Four-Year Institutions Fall 2016
60-Credit Pathways Shared with Community Colleges Spring 2017
60-Credit Pathways Posted on MassTransfer Pathways Website Summer 2017

Cycle III Pathways

Art, Education, and Engineering
Identify Campus Disciplinary Experts and Transfer Specialists Summer 2016
Identify and Meet with Disciplinary Segmental Leaders Fall 2016
MassTransfer Pathways Fall Conference November 18, 2016
MassTransfer Pathways Convenings by Discipline - Develop Statewide Equivalencies for Foundational Courses Spring 2017
60-Credit Pathways Developed by Four-Year Institutions Fall 2017
60-Credit Pathways Shared with Community Colleges Spring 2018
60-Credit Pathways Posted on MassTransfer Pathways Website Summer 2018

Cycle IV Pathways

Identify Campus Disciplinary Experts and Transfer Specialists Fall 2017
MassTransfer Pathways Fall Conference October 27, 2017
MassTransfer Pathways Convenings by Discipline - Develop Statewide Equivalencies for Foundational Courses Spring 2018
60-Credit Pathways Developed by Four-Year Institutions Fall 2018
60-Credit Pathways Shared with Community Colleges Spring 2019
60-Credit Pathways Posted on MassTransfer Pathways Website Summer 2019

Meeting Materials

Cycle I

Biology, Chemistry, Economics, History, Political Science, and Psychology

>> Fall 2014 Convening
>> Spring 2015 Convenings

Cycle II

Business, Computer Science , Communication and Media Studies, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, English, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Sociology, STEM Metamajor in Natural and Physical Sciences

>> Fall 2015 Conference
>> Spring 2016 Convenings
>> Spring 2017 Convenings

Cycle III

Art, Education, and Engineering

>> Fall 2016 Conference