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Making “Back to School” Better: How two institutions are addressing excess credits, costs, and time to degree for undecided or newly decided transfer students

Administrator reviews a graduate’s description of their transfer experience from Collin College to UNT


For undecided or newly decided transfer students, the “back to school” time of year is often accompanied by feelings of frustration and confusion caused by having to take prescribed prerequisites that usually mean excess credits, costs, and longer time to degree. As part of the Lab’s Seamless Transfer Challenge, Collin College and the University of North Texas, have worked in collaboration this past year to address this transfer dilemma, using the following design question: How might we increase business degree attainment by creating efficient, seamless pathways for transfer students?

Early research showed many students transferred from Collin to UNT either undecided or newly decided with an interest in Business. These students found themselves missing the prescribed set of pre-requisites that they had to complete before entry into upper-level Business courses at the University of North Texas. These prerequisites resulted in longer time to degree, as well as excess credit costs to the transfer student population.


The Solution? Meet Undecided Fast Track: A quick video pitch on how two institutions will address excess credits, costs, and time to degree for undecided or newly decided transfer students.

Want to see other pilot concepts and the Seamless Transfer Pathways design process? View more videos here.


The newly developed B.S. Degree in General Business would offer undecided or newly decided business students who have already completed an associate degree a flexible path to earn a B.S. in General Business with minimal excess hours (best use of coursework), minimal debt, and be marketable upon degree completion. The degree is currently going through UNT’s curriculum and accreditation process.

“Collin College and UNT are excited about this new transfer pathway to support students’ success and believe this type of degree is scalable to other majors. This new BS in General Business degree is designed to streamline business prerequisites and provide students with needed marketable skills and credentials in the rapidly growing businesses in the north Texas region and beyond.”- Jean Keller, PhD, Interim Vice President for Community Engagement at University of North Texas