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UW Tacoma still accepting transfers

Students who want to transfer from Olympic College to a University of Washington branch still have a shot —- the UW at Tacoma still has room for the fall semester, said OC president David Mitchell.

UW closed admission to its main Seattle campus earlier this summer, which caused some confusion as to whether OC students still had the option to transfer.

Mitchell said the UW Seattle situation was simply a matter of too many students wanting to transfer into a shrinking number of transfer slots.

“Nothing happened to change the attitude about transfer students, it was simply a cap issue,” Mitchell said.

According to a 2003 Washington Community and Technical Colleges Accountability report, 41 percent of those who earned a bachelor’s degree in the state of Washington started out at a community or technical college, which is up from 32 percent in 1988. That number is increasing by about 5 percent each year.

OC, like many other community colleges and technical colleges in the state, enroll 9 percent more full-time students than the state offers funding for, while the UW system does not. When it comes time for students to transfer, there aren’t as many transfer slots as there are students, he said.

Mitchell said the lack of transfer student spaces may indicate a need for a four-year university in Kitsap County. He initiated a study and the results will be back in the next few weeks, he said.

Right now several colleges, such as Old Dominion University and Western Washington University, offer distance-learning classes through OC.

Old Dominion, he said, does a good job at fitting the niche for upper division course work in Kitsap and continues to grow. That, to him, means that Kitsap may need a four-year university or needs more four-year options.

Meanwhile, the UW Tacoma campus is facing a unique problem: Because the Seattle campus is closed to transfer students, some may believe the closed registration is system-wide.

“We are concerned that news reports about the University of Washington, Seattle closing admission to transfer students this fall will lead students to believe there is no room at UW Tacoma. That’s not true,” Dan Garcia, executive director of the Office of Enrollment Services and Student Affairs, said in a prepared release. “We still have room for students in most of our academic programs.”

The UW Tacoma only offers upper-division classes, so all of its students are transfer students.

“Most of our programs still have room for students this fall quarter,” Garcia said. “Only our social work, social welfare and bachelor of business administration programs are closed. There is still room for MBA students.”

UW Tacoma offers computing and software systems, education, nursing, urban studies programs and a wide range of interdisciplinary arts and sciences.

For more information about transferring to UW Tacoma, call (253) 692-4400.

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