Successful transfer is an important goal of a large majority of community college students. Each of the 48 Illinois community colleges has statewide, regional and local agreements with other Illinois colleges and universities to facilitate transfer. Spoon River College is no exception. We encourage you to look at the following options to help make your transfer a smooth transition. Taking courses at SRC will save you money, as tuition at the university level is much higher. Ultimately the decision of when to transfer is up to you, but your SRC advisor is always available to discuss the benefits of each of the following options:
Option 1 – Earn an Associate of Arts and Science degree at Spoon River College (64 hours)
SRC highly recommends that most transfer students earn their AA degree or AS degree. By completing 64 hours of course work at SRC, students have met the general education core curriculum set up by the state of Illinois and their courses transfer as a whole “package”. SRC participates in Illinois Articulation Initiative, which is a state wide agreement between community colleges and 4 year institutions in the state of Illinois. Students are encouraged to work with their SRC advisor when selecting these IAI courses to make sure they are satisfying all the necessary coursework to graduate.
Option 2 – Complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC) before transferring (38-41 hours)
If you do not plan on getting a degree at Spoon River College, then you should at least consider staying long enough to complete the Illinois Articulation General Education Core Curriculum. These courses total around 38-41 hours and are lower division general education courses that transfer to four year colleges and universities in Illinois. This option would also benefit students who are transferring to non-IAI colleges and universities. The difference between completing a degree and not is that transfer institutions will review individual course to course equivalency instead of taking all your courses as a “package” if you transfer without the associate degree. Talk with your SRC advisor to determine what classes to take while you are here.
30 Hour Rule
If you transfer a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit from SRC to a four year college or university that is an IAI participant, you have the option of completing the IAI GECC at the transfer school. If you complete an AA or AS degree at SRC you will automatically meet IAI requirements.
Perhaps you are unsure of what school you will be transferring to, but do know what your major will be. If so, then you should visit the IAI website to look at coursework recommended for specific majors. You may also want to visit the links below for additional IAI resources. Single School IAI GECC Worksheet
IAI Participating Colleges and Universities
IAI Major Course Recommendations
Option 3 – Select courses at Spoon River College that meet the general education and major requirements at your transfer college or university
Regardless of how long you plan on attending SRC, if your ultimate goal is to transfer, then you need to work closely with your SRC advisor, along with an advisor at your transfer school. If you are in a certain specialized major or are transferring to a non-IAI school, then you will need to be extra vigilant about what courses to take to ensure a smooth transition.