AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System signed an agreement Monday to easily transfer course credits between the schools.
Leaders of both systems said people have been asking for this kind of agreement for many years. They said credit transfer is important, because it will help community college graduates move up to four-year degree programs at the university and not have to spend money repeating courses.
The school leaders said that up until now, transferring credits has been time-consuming, frustrating and sometimes expensive for students. They said the agreement will allow the transfer of 35 credits as a single block from of Maine's seven community colleges to any of the seven University campuses. .
Community college leaders said that over the past three years, 1,100 to 1,200 of their graduates have transferred to the University of Maine System each year. They hope the new transfer agreement will help increase those numbers.