A Data–Driven Process for Improving Transfer and Applicability of Mathematics Courses in Washington State (Notes from the Field - Number 7)

Process Stage
Continuously Improving
Institutional Leadership
Partner Disciplines
Advisors and Coordinators
Most state– and system–level policies and practices support the transferability of credits, but do not account for the applicability of those credits to a student’s program of study. Even when students are able to transfer credits, those credits might not count toward their desired majors, which can lead to wasted time, increased costs for both students and the state, and students dropping out of college altogether. Efforts to remedy these problems are most effective when enabled by a well-considered policy environment which, in turn, is informed by data.

In Washington, substantive steps have been taken to address this issue with a data-driven process.