Women and the Power of a Higher Education part 3

Turn Past Experience into College Credits

What is transfer credit? According to the American Council on Education (ACE), “Transfer refers to the movement of students from one college, university or other educational provider to another, and the process by which credits representing educational experiences, courses, degrees, or credentials are accepted or not accepted by a receiving institution.”8 Keep in mind, it’s up to the receiving school, the school you are currently looking to attend, to determine whether or not they will accept your transfer credits.

Some educational institutions can also alleviate the difficulty and ambiguity in the credit transfer process , providing students with a list of accredited colleges and universities where their courses have already been pre-approved for credit should you decide to enroll and complete your degree with them.

Transfer credits can come from a variety of sources. Women leaving the military , based on their military experiences and training, may have college credit recommendations to apply towards a degree or program of study.9 Other women may have previously taken college-level courses at another college or institution or even at a job.

It’s important for women to acknowledge the value of their previous experience and college work and do the work necessary to receive credit for them when appropriate. Not only will the transfer process save you time and money, it offers an excellent first step towards degree completion.

Your College Education, Your Child’s Success

It’s common knowledge that if mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy. So it stands to reason that when a mother goes back to school and starts to feel better about herself and her place in the world, she will bring back a sense of well-being and pride into the home. The same can be applied to a mother’s education. Maybe it could be said, at least with tongue in cheek, that if mama’s not learning, nobody’s inspired to learn.

A mother’s return to school not only affects her positively, it can have a huge positive effect on her children. Studies have shown a mother’s education can have a lasting effect on the educational achievement of her children. In fact, children of less-educated parents have lower rates of high school completions. Several studies have even linked a mother’s low level of educational attainment to cognitive delay in their children as well as increased levels of child anxiety.10 What mother dreams of having an underachieving, stressed-out kid?

On the other hand, children of parents with higher levels of education are better prepared for school and are more involved than other children in all types of extracurricular activities such as sports, religious and arts-related after-school activities. Furthermore, the cognitive skills of children between the ages of three and five are highly correlated with the education level of their mothers.11

Going back to college can play a huge role in your ongoing family success. It can have a ripple effect on each member of the family and help inspire others to grab hold of their own personal goals. In other words, if mama is feeling good with her education, she inspires and teaches those around her to aspire to a happier and healthier life themselves.

8 American Council on Education, Military Programs, A Transfer Guide: Understanding Your Military Transcript and ACE Credit Recommendations, 2009, P. 5 http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ProgramsServices/MilitaryPrograms/TransferGuide(4-6-09).pdf

9 Ibid.

10 California Research Bureau, California State Library, Birth to Kindergarten: The Importance of the Early Years, Illig, David, Feb. 1998, p. 3 http://www.library.ca.gov/crb/98/01/98001.pdf

11 Today’s GI Bill, American Council on Education, Why Higher Education: Personal, Family & Health Benefits, 2011 http://www.todaysgibill.org/why-higher-education/personal-family-health-benefits/