Credit transfer opposed
Student Senate backed a resolution Monday night asking all Wisconsin state representatives to oppose a bill that would allow the transfer of all credits within the UW System.
The bill would include transfer credits from two-year System colleges and the technical college system. The Senate vote approving the resolution was 16-7, with one abstention.
The Senate objected more to immediate tech school credits transferring, said junior Senator Aaron Olson, who authored the bill.
“I think it’s intellectual snobbery,” junior Senator Jacob Wyss said of supporting the state bill by opposing the resolution.
Senior Senator Matt Flaten supported the resolution by saying the standards of UW-Eau Claire students should be upheld.
“The students around you play a role in your education as well,” he said, adding that professors at technical schools are not as well-trained as university professors. Allowing technical school credits would devalue the worth of a diploma from the university, he said.
Credits transferred would be applicable toward the total amount required for graduation, said Olson, the author of the resolution. Each individual’s transfer credits would be examined by each institution’s graduation guidelines.
Olson expressed concern about the type of classes transfer students have completed.
Because transfer credits would be compiled toward general graduation, Flaten said, it’s possible an incoming transfer student from a technical school would be allowed to register for classes before him. Flaten said this would upset him.
The bill was authored in part by Rob Kreibich (R-Eau Claire).
A bill that would allocate $209.01 to Non-Traditional Student Awareness Week was introduced as well. Debate on the bill will begin at the meeting next week.
Vice Chancellor Andrew Soll presented a long-term growth plan to Senate before the resolution was debated. For more information on the plan, see the headline story.