New program eases transition from community college to University

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 1:54pm

A three-year pilot program designed to address the needs of Henry Ford College transfer students who wish to study humanities at the University of Michigan will begin as early as this summer, thanks to a $1.6 million grant fund from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Transfer Bridges to the Humanities @ Michigan program is a collaboration between the University and HFC, a two-year institution in Dearborn, Michigan. The University is hopeful this initial project will lead to similar future projects with Grand Rapids Community College and Schoolcraft College. LSA has already dedicated $400,000 to establish new transfer bridges with both these institutions.  

Angela Dillard, LSA associate dean for Undergraduate Education, commented on the University’s commitment to the success of community college transfers in a University press release.

“We know they have the academic ability to succeed here,” Dillard said. “This funding will create greater access and better resources for in-state transfer students to make that dream a reality. We're grateful to the Mellon Foundation for its generous support and can't wait to get started.”

The funding’s purpose coincides with the Mellon Foundation’s Community College-Research University Partnership initiative, which encourages four-year institutions to build stronger pathways for students interested in a humanities degree.

For graduates of two-year institutions interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in the humanities, the program will hopefully ease the transfer process by streamlining credit equivalency and academic requirements. The grant will also allow for the University to expand advising, summer preparation programs and enhance co-curricular experiences specifically tailored to the community college transfer student population.

When the program is fully scaled, the University expects the number of HFC transfer students in the LSA humanities programs to double. Planning has already begun for the enactment of the program, as LSA and HFC representatives have formed a steering committee.