by Samantha Decapua
It is very common in this day and age for prospective students to attain credits before going to college. Whether it is credits earned through Advanced Placement (AP) classes, early college programs, studying abroad, or courses students took at the university before fully enrolling, students find some way to get a solid head start. Students also have the opportunity to take courses at other institutions during their years at their university. There is nothing wrong with students taking advantage of all of the opportunities they have open to them right? I mean, colleges and universities grant their students this freedom for a purpose, because it is beneficial for both the student and the schools. However, the University of Connecticut doesn’t seem to think the same thing.
According to an article by Paul Fain, UConn has caused much controversy in the community with their new proposal. Their proposal calls for a limit of the number of credits its traditional, non-transfer students can earn at other institutions while enrolled at UConn. This pitch received harsh critique from community colleges and state lawmakers almost immediately. You can understand why this caused such commotion once you hear the rationale behind this plan.
The university’s vice provost of academic affairs, Sally Reis, explains how “data trends suggest that if [students] take a prerequisite at a community college, they often fail the subsequent course they take at UConn.” But here is the kicker, she expounds upon that by saying “our students are taking easier and cheaper classes elsewhere.” It is clear that this university just wants to collect the money that their own students are investing at institutions elsewhere. Reis said it herself when complaining about the “loophole” students found and are taking advantage of in order to save money on their education. All in all, the University of Connecticut should not hinder their students from being frugal and wise about where they are investing their money. They are clearly only concerned about the money…not the student.