BOSTON – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D – Pittsfield) is pleased to announce that he has been tasked by Senator Robert O’Leary, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, to represent the Committee on the newly formed Commonwealth Transfer Advisory Group.
“I am pleased to have the responsibility of representing my legislative colleagues on this panel,” said Downing. “It is exciting to receive this challenge just days after being named to the Committee. This is an important issue that should be looked at; our public higher education system will only be stronger if we can find a viable way to allow students the flexibility to access courses whenever and wherever they are available.”
Established by a vote of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the Commonwealth Transfer Advisory Group will review current credit transfer issues and make recommendations on improving the effectiveness of transfer across the state’s public higher education system. The Board of Higher Education has endorsed the seamless transfer of college-level credit among the Commonwealth’s public higher education institutions and the improved coordination in implementing an effective transfer system.
The Commonwealth Transfer Advisory Group has been asked to complete its study by March 2008 and report its findings and recommendations to the Chancellor, who shall present the findings and recommendations to the Board of Higher Education by June 2008.
Downing was appointed Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education by Senate President Therese Murray last week.