Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is College Transitions?
Maine College Transitions programs are comprehensive, integrated or sequential programs of study leading to enrollment and success in a post-secondary institution. Maine College Transitions is offered through local adult education programs.

2. What is involved in a comprehensive program of study?

  • Assessment and formal intake process
  • Career planning component
  • Academic coursework
  • College experience
  • Technology integration
  • ACCUPLACER pre- and post-testing
  • College application and financial aid application completion
  • Tracking and follow up

3. Are all Maine College Transitions programs the same?
All programs are based on the same model: Advising and College Preparation. There are two main scheduling approaches to the model:

  • Set Entry/Set Exit schedule: All students enter the program at the same time and continue to work together through the program. Usually this type of program is semester-based. Schedules may be one full day per week, two evenings per week or possibly two morning or afternoon sessions.
  • Set Entry/Individualized Exit schedule: Classes and services are offered at a variety of times and locations. Students work with the adult college transitions counselor to plan their schedules and complete program requirements.

4. Can someone just enroll in a college preparation class? Algebra or writing, for example?
Yes. Many adult education programs offer college preparation classes as part of their regular offerings. A student enrolled in one of these classes is not considered a Maine College Transitions program student for purposes of the grant. The student would be considered an adult transitions student for subsidy or Adult Education & Family Literacy Act reporting purposes.

5. For data collection purposes, who is considered a College Transitions student?
A person is considered a Maine College Transitions program participant if enrolled in a comprehensive program of study to enter and succeed at the post-secondary level, and if he or she has:

  • Expressed an interest in earning a college degree
  • Completed the Maine College Transitions program assessment process
  • Enrolled and is participating in Maine College Transitions programming
  • Intentions of completing the Maine College Transitions program and enrolling in college within 12 to 18 months of finishing the prescribed program of study
  • Been tracked by the program for follow-up

The above definitions should hold even if the person is currently or has previously been enrolled in a course or courses at a post-secondary institution. Co-enrollment is acceptable and will often occur if services are provided on a college campus. 

6. Who is not considered a Maine College Transitions student?

  • An individual who is enrolled in one class (Algebra I, for example) and is not participating in a comprehensive program of study. This student may be counted in MAEMIS under adult transition student and on the EFX-132.
  • An individual who cannot reasonably be expected to enroll in college within 18 months of completing Maine College Transitions.

7. What is a successful placement and outcome?
We define successful placement and outcome as completion of a Maine College Transitions program and enrollment in a post-secondary institution, on either a part- or full-time basis.

8. What is a post-secondary institution/college?
For purposes of this grant, the definition is an accredited degree-granting institution that provides programs that lead to a certificate or degree. Please see further information on accredited and non-accredited colleges.

9. Is enrollment in the military considerd a successful placement?
No. For the purposes of this grant and the mission of the Maine Compact, the goal of Maine College Transitions activity is enrollment in a post-secondary school.