March 17, 2009

UW-Parkside to allow Gateway transfer credits

Officials from Gateway Technical College and UW-Parkside will sign an agreement Thursday which will allow Gateway students to transfer a block of 30 general education credits to the four-year university.

The agreement will be signed at a Gateway Technical College Board of Trustees meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Bioscience & Information Technology, 3520-30th Ave., Kenosha. It is part of a board committee of the whole meeting in which transfer agreements will be highlighted.

This is the first time a block of general studies courses can be transferred to UW-Parkside without the student having completed a Gateway degree. The 30-credit General Studies Transfer Certificate offers students a less expensive way to earn their general education credits as they eye a bachelor’s degree at UW-Parkside.

Students would enter as a UW-Parkside sophomore if they completed the 30-credit general studies certificate at Gateway and met the admission requirements at UW-Parkside.


  1. This is a fantastic decision that should have happened years ago. Awesome!

  2. It would have happened years ago, except for the fact that Chancellor Jack Keating was opposed to it.

    Now students in southeast Wisconsin will benefit from the credits that they have earned at Gateway.

  3. I've attended both institutions. There is no way that classes at Gateway (especially the Racine campus) measure up to Parkside's. This is just more of the dumbing down of society in the name of equality. Today's bachelor's degree will soon equal yesterday's high school diploma.

  4. Because of the tax supporting base for GTC and UW systems being separate and different, the UW system has always been against the transfer of credits. Their fear was if credits did transfer the students would attend the Technical Colleges for two years and then transfer. The 4 year universities would have financial issues if many students went the two year school route first. GTC (and other technical colleges) also gets funding from local property taxes which is a sore point with the university system since they do not. As for quality of classes at either institution, I know people who have taught the same program courses at both places using the same text, tests, and projects yet the credits did not transfer. They also said the students could have been at either school as far as the quality of the student. It is often financing rather than level of their academics which brings students to GTC.