UW System, tech colleges developing STEM pathway transfer program

UW STEM PATHWAY TRANSFER PROGRAMLeaders of the UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System are developing a new pathway transfer program for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

Speaking yesterday during a Wisconsin Technology Council event in Wauwatosa, WTCS President Morna Foy said the program isn’t finalized yet, but expects to make an announcement in the near future.

“Students will go through a two-year associate degree at a technical college, any technical college, and then they would be admitted as juniors into UW institutions in a number of STEM areas: biology, chemistry, math, physics, engineering,” she said.

Along with getting more students into STEM career pipelines, Foy said the program aims to make the transfer process easier.

“That has always been the number one problem — we promise it, we like the idea of it, everybody is externally saying ‘this is so great’ — but then when students actually try to do it, they encounter all sorts of problems,” she said. “We want to erase that.”

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