CMU recognized for efforts to make earning a degree easier

Central Michigan University is being recognized with the Transfer Innovation Award from the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers for its efforts in simplifying the transfer process for students who already possess an associate degree in arts or science. Such students now automatically satisfy CMU’s general education requirements upon transfer. CMU is the first four-year institution in Michigan to do so.

"This recognizes the hard work and dedication it takes to earn an associate degree," says Bob Garcia, CMU's director of transfer outreach and community college relations.

"What this allows students to do is get into classes focused on their major, with the University Program requirements completed."

The program that makes this possible were adopted by Central Michigan University in April, after in-person classes were canceled. Since adopting the program in April, nearly 200 students have transferred to CMU with their general education requirements now met.

An interdepartmental team at CMU is also the recipient of MACRAO’s Outstanding Professional Team Award. That team is being recognized for launching multi-semester registration.

A four-year project in the making, multi-semester registration was launched in March 2020, allowing students to register for a full year’s worth of courses all at once.

"CMU prides itself on a student-first approach, and with multi-semester registration, we're helping students plan their schedule to graduate on time," says Amy Faber, associate registrar.

The awards will be handed out virtually at the 2020 MACRAO Conference, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 20.

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