What is the Wayne Advantage-Macomb program? Is it an articulation? Is it Direct Admit? What’s the advantage? I came to Wayne State in 2016 to coordinate this dual enrollment program between WSU and Macomb Community College. I believe the intentions of this agreement was to be a direct admit program to Wayne State. I do see interest in this program as a direct admit. But, the most interest I have had is from students to use WA-Macomb as an advising and registration tool. I spent my first year at Wayne State clearing up many of the misconceptions of how a consortium program like this works.
WA-Macomb allows students to take classes at both institutions during the semester. Keeping their access to WSU even if a student decides to leave WSU completely for a term. This also Allows a student to split financial aid between two schools and save on tuition with Macomb’s rates.
The best way to describe Wayne Advantage-Macomb is that is a single admissions/dual enrollment program. WA-Macomb can be used with your transfer plan, associates degree, guest pass, or articulation agreement. Students use this program at many different times whether it’s coming in as a freshman, starting at WSU and going back to Macomb, or deciding to start the transfer process a little earlier than normal. Furthermore, WA-Macomb is great tool for advisors. This program keeps your access to Wayne State. Which keeps your access to your academic advisor at Wayne State. Wayne State uses appointment setting software called AdvisingWorks. A student can continue to make appointments with your WSU advisor. This is a transfer plan in Overdrive!!
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I have been following the #endccstigma campaign on Twitter. I found out about this program when Insidehighered.com wrote an article about the #Endccstigma campaign. Steve Robinson the President of Owens Community College in Toledo Ohio started this program and I have no doubt that it will be successful. It is new and exciting that a college is now truly understanding the feelings that many students have and facing it HEAD ON. This program is another way to promote community colleges and the price tag/experience comes with. An opposition would say that students need that 4-year university experience. 2-year schools are now offering more than ever at a fantastic discount. The 4-year experiences is a wonderful thing. Students loans and the interest they accrue is a different experience all together.
Best wishes to Owens. More press will come as other 2-year schools and transfer friendly 4-year schools will start to understand this stigma. This is an opportunity to speak to students starting at their institution and find the reasons they are there. For now, at least there is a name to this stigma and we can start to combat it. #endccstigma
In December I attended the Academic Impressions conference in New Orleans on transfer student retention. I was excited to get to New Orleans and meet some people with similar roles as I. During the conference I picked up that most schools face similar challenges as far as recruitment and retention of transfer student. Community Colleges are going through mega enrollment changes and this is affecting most four-year colleges. I felt good that many of the ideas that other schools were trying and considering were already being used at Wayne State. For example joining a University Center and the support initiatives that are transfer specific.
What I did pick up is that schools are more than ever trying to engage transfer students after they have arrived at their schools. Whereas in the past most engagement is in the terms leading up to enrollment. Ideas like learning communities, specific clubs and offices for transfer students are trending at schools that have the resources to manage them.
The program I coordinate is the Wayne Advantage-Macomb program. This is a dual enrollment program with Macomb Community College. I will blog more about it in my next post. I wanted to get an idea of other schools that were doing something like this. Prior to my trip I researched schools in Louisiana that had a similar program. No success. Unfortunately I left New Orleans with no new ideas on better coordinating a consortium program. I even brought it up to a VP or Enrollment at another school and they said “Their school would never go for something like that.” Fortunately I do know that Wayne State is on the cutting edge of most transfer student initiatives. Warriors truly are transfer friendly!
Welcome to the Transfer Student Blog! Your guide to transferring colleges. Are you considering starting at a two-year school versus a four-year school? Or, do you have past credits that you think can be applied toward a degree? There is no exact recipe to transferring. Experiences and process will change from person to person and school to school and program to program. This blog was created for transfer students. We will be exploring conversations, tips and all things transfer related.