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USC paving the way for students to transfer from SC technical colleges

The University of South Carolina is joining a statewide initiative that will make it easier for students to transfer from the state’s technical college system to USC.

The Statewide Transfer Partnership Agreement announced by Gov. Henry McMaster, House Speaker Murrell Smith, USC President Michael Amiridis and other higher education leaders on Thursday (Jan. 11) will allow for easier transfer of course credit from the state’s 16 technical colleges to USC and Clemson University.

As part of the agreement, the partners will share data to better measure transfer student success and identify additional opportunities to improve the transfer experience.

The agreement also allows for a reverse transfer option so students who transfer to USC or Clemson before earning an associate’s degree can have credit transfer from the two research universities to technical colleges applied to the completion of an associate’s degree.

“Our institutions share a common commitment and mission – to provide the best possible educational opportunities available to South Carolinians who want to earn a college degree,” Amiridis said.

Currently, about half of the 1,000 students transferring to USC’s Columbia campus come from a South Carolina two-year technical college.