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Macomb Community College signs transfer agreements with 25 Michigan Universities

– Friday, February 21, 2020 10:00AM

Agreements will simplify transferring to a four-year college or university for Macomb students

Transferring to a four-year college or university from Macomb Community College will now be even simpler thanks to new transfer agreements signed with 25 Michigan colleges and universities.

Transfer agreements will allow Macomb Community College students to transfer more credits to four-year schools in the areas of biology, business, criminal justice and psychology. The new agreements specify major-specific courses that students should complete while enrolled at Macomb that are common across all institutions in Michigan. The identification of these courses makes it easier for students to complete essential courses even before they have decided where to transfer.

“This is historic for Michigan and Macomb,” said Don Ritzenhein, provost and vice president, Learning Unit, Macomb Community College. “Macomb students who intend to transfer into these programs now have an easier way to apply their credits to multiple Michigan schools ensuring a seamless transition.”

Macomb Community College advisors and counselors have details available for students about which courses they should complete and how those courses apply to degree programs at the participating universities.

“Transferring from community college to a four-year college or university is more common than ever,” said Erica Lee Orians, executive director of the Michigan Center for Student Success at the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). “Our community colleges want to ensure that students receive credit for the courses they have completed when they take the next step in their education.”

The initiative was funded through the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget that included a one-time appropriation to support this initiative, the redesigned Michigan Transfer Network at, work to build stronger math pathways and efforts to award credit for military experience.

A study conducted by the National Student Clearinghouse found that 52 percent of bachelor’s degree earners in Michigan previously enrolled at a community college, which is higher than the national average of 49 percent.

The Michigan Center for Student Success is leading the statewide initiative for the MCCA in partnership with the Michigan Association of State Universities and the Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities. The project continues through fall 2020, and Macomb Community College is working on completing additional agreements in other academic program areas.


Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 


The Michigan Center for Student Success, founded in 2011, serves as a hub connecting leadership, administrators, faculty, and staff in their emerging and ongoing efforts to improve student outcomes, emphasizing linkages between practice, research, and policy. The Center has led statewide initiatives focused on reengaging adults, developmental education, transfer, veterans, and advising. The Center is part of the 16-state Student Success Center Network working with over half of the community colleges across the nation.


The Michigan Community College Association fosters collaboration, connection, and partnerships among the 28 Michigan public community colleges and their stakeholders. The MCCA provides strong legislative and public advocacy in Lansing and throughout Michigan, works to improve the image and credibility of community colleges, and advances numerous shared initiatives through the Michigan Center for Student Success, Michigan Colleges Online, and the Michigan New Jobs Training Program.

Media contact: Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271,