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QCC Follows Board of Higher Education’s Mandates

Course Alignment with other State colleges and universities a Priority for Student Success

Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
cronayne [at]

Release Date: 

Worcester, MA, November 13, 2013 –

In response to discussions surrounding an issue tied to aligning QCC’s English course numbering to other state colleges and universities that has been in the news lately,  QCC, following goals outlined by the Commissioner of Higher Education, has been

Part of the DHE’s strategy/ goal

The resistance on the part of the QCC Faculty Board stems from allegations that President Carberry has been undertaking this initiative in a vacuum, when it has all been openly, publicly discussed for years.

It is a non-issue; simply an effort to allow easier transfer of credits from QCC to other state institutions.
None of QCC’s English courses will be dropped, curriculum will not change – the only difference will be that QCC’s English 099 will now be a credit course and will be re-assigned as English 100.

President Carberry has been transparent in the process throughout, bringing her concerns to the English department two years ago, in a face to face conversation following further research on her part as to the English course alignment between Mount Wachusett Community College and Worcester State.  English courses transfer to WSU from MWCC equally; that is, MWCC 101 equates to WSU 101 and MWCC 102 equates to WSU 102. QCC courses should follow suit.

President Carberry’s findings over the course of the past three years, as Math, Business and Criminal Justice faculty worked successfully to align our curricula with the programs at Worcester State University, I was alerted to a misalignment of our respective English courses.  It gave me concern that our English 100 course (which rarely is integrated into our programs as a graduation requirement) transfers to WSU as English 101.  Additionally, QCC ENG 101 transfers to WSU as ENG 102.  Finally, and probably most startling, is the fact that QCC ENG 102 transfers to WSU as ENG 105 (a course for English majors).


For more information regarding this release: Call Josh Martin, Director of Institutional Communications at 508.854.7513

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