College transfer is the anticipated movement students consider between education providers and the related institutional processes supporting those secondary and post-secondary learners who actually do move with completed coursework or training that may be applicable to a degree pathway and published requirements.
Student movements between different education providers spanning secondary and post-secondary institutions of higher education are varied. College transfer covers the exploratory effort, self-assessment and enrollment steps students take considering their prior learning credentials - which could include coursework grades, credit recommendations or exams reflecting their prior leaning investment and efforts. The application, applicability and articulation of prior course credits from one college or university to another culminates in a student's transfer and enrollment in a program of study, aspiring to complete a college level credential. The assessment of prior learning and the articulation of credit offered to a prospective student varies based upon institutional practices and the enforcement of government policies enacted through legislative or negotiated rules.
A course credit (often credit hour, or just credit or "unit") is a unit that gives weighting to the value, level or time requirements of an academic course taken at a school or other educational institution.
In high schools, where all courses are usually the same number of hours, often meeting every day, students earn one credit for a course that lasts all year, or a half credit per course per semester. This credit is formally known as a Carnegie Unit. After a typical four-year run, the student needs 24 to 28 credits to graduate (an average of 6 to 7 at any time). Some high schools have only three years of school because 9th grade is part of their middle schools, with 18 to 21 credits required.
Stokes Early College High School is located in Walnut Cove, North Carolina, in the Meadows community, on the Stokes County Campus of Forsyth Technical Community College. It is part of the Stokes County Schools and is financed and coordinated in cooperation of the New Schools Project of the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.
Stokes Early College High School opened in the Fall of 2009 with 48 ninth grade students; each year will admit another fifty students until there are grades nine through twelve. It is a public school that draws from Stokes County Schools but is selective in admissions and it is an opportunity provided to Stokes County residents but residency does not insure the right to participate. The principal is Kimberly L. Marion, formerly the assistant principal at West Stokes High School.