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Fall Quarter
September 2007
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University Pathways

September 2007


University Pathways

What is University Pathways?

Most international students come to Green River Community 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.