Cutting transfer center harms DVC’s prestige


Christa Balingit

According to DVC’s Planning and Research office, more than half of the students at DVC plan to transfer, so does it make a lot of sense to make it even more difficult to use the transfer center?

This spring, it was in danger of being cut completely, so I know I should be thankful it is open.

Even so, the new hours are an enormous inconvenience and having the counselors take over the transfer center’s responsibility is appalling.

The transfer center is now open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It is no longer open on Fridays.

These hours are incredibly troublesome for students.

Primarily being that, three days out of the week, it’s only open four hours.

It’s also, restrictedly, open exactly when most students have class.

I’m not sure DVC’s entire student body can find the time in the few minutes between classes to run to the transfer center.

Every department has suffered in one way or another from the budget cuts.

I just find it odd that they would do something that could wind up hurting its reputation.

Due to its high transfer rate, DVC draws in students from around the world. The transfer center plays a major part in that.

I know there is plenty of information on transferring available online, but there are many people who need to be walked through it on a step-by-step basis.

The transfer center has been a life-saver, especially for me: a girl who is constantly worrying about transferring.

Personally, I rely heavily on the transfer center.

I go there for quick and easy questions instead of waiting weeks for an appointment with a counselor.

They recommend what colleges and classes will help me and they inform me when college representatives are on campus.

While I understand that budget cuts have made a multitude of changes to the school, I believe the transfer center should have been completely exempt from reductions.