Boise State officials have recently begun talk about a proposed program to make it easier for students to
“What the universities are trying to do is come up with a way of students being able to take courses at several universities at once, like College of Western Idaho (CWI) and Boise State and be able to co-enroll essentially,” said Jim Munger Vice Provost for Academic Planning at Boise State. “But that’s in the early stages of discussion.”
Though nothing has yet been decided by Boise State administration, talks have centered around the concept that students enrolled in community colleges and two year schools should be able to take classes that are guaranteed to transfer and count toward and existing program on campus.
“I was involved in a couple of discussions in which the idea would be that a student could enroll at CWI in the idea that they are enrolling early at Boise State so that it would be a very smooth transition to be able to go between the two schools,” Munger said.
Munger said transferring credits from Idaho universities hasn’t been a major problem for those recently enrolled at Boise State however, Boise State officials are focusing more on those students looking to transfer credits from two year schools.
“It’s quite easy to transfer credits, that’s a straightforward thing if you go to U of I for a year and then come down here, there’s no problem transferring credits,” Munger said.
Munger and associates are exploring the options of mass coordination with Idaho schools and those in the immediate northwest to keep enrollment high and make it easier for those pursuing a degree in lower level schools to move forward with
“It would be a much better plan so that when you are taking courses at CWI you know what courses are going toward your Boise State program,” Munger said.
A shared program would require the coordinated efforts of many schools, a move Munger says will cost money to implement and would require that many basic school necessities for students are covered in the process.
“A lot of it is just simply the logistics, you have to make sure the student is covered by financial aid and that whole thing,” Munger said.
Besides talks of shared academic programs on campus, the only way for a transfer student to obtain a degree from Boise State is to transfer credits from another school in hopes those credits matchup with requirements from Boise State. The only thing close to program sharing, at this time, is the sharing of classroom space with the University of Idaho in certain graduate programs
“There is a mechanical engineering program that they have down here, a graduate program, and I know that sometimes the students both from our program and from their program that are enrolled in each others classes,” Munger said.
Though the same material is presented to students in the engineering classroom, students receive degrees from their own school.
“But they aren’t shared programs, each has their own individual program but they share some classes,”