What is University Pathways?
Most international students
come to Green River College with plans to transfer
to top ranking four-year universities within the U.S. They
take their first two years of general education requirements
at Green River and then transfer those credits to a
four-year university. University Pathways serves as a sign
post for students - it points them in the right direction
and helps to identify both the transfer and degree
requirements for a particular major at a university.
Students do not want to waste
valuable time and money taking classes that will not
transfer to their four-year university of choice. This is
why Green River's International Programs staff are working
hard to come up with a list of classes that students know
will transfer directly to their four-year school. Staff have
been taking the time to meet personally with admissions
staff at universities across the country in order to assure
the accuracy of their transfer data. The overall goal is to
create an articulation agreement with those universities.
According to International Programs Advisor, Alvin Tai who
has been working on this project all summer, "There are many
colleges and majors, so we are focusing on the most popular
for our students. Many of our students transfer to Indiana University, University of Washington, University of
Texas - Austin, University of Wisconsin, University of
Minnesota and University of Southern California. The most
popular majors are engineering and business. Therefore we
are focusing on creating pathways for these at the moment."
Our goal is that when a
student walks into an advisor's office and says, for
example, I want to transfer to Indiana University and I want
to major in Business, the advisors can print off a sheet
which tells the student exactly what transferable classes
they need to complete at GRCC before they transfer.