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Carol Hardy of Southfield, Mich.,  works on recently painted bowls that  she created in ceramics class at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak, Mich., on  Monday. Concerns that Oakland Community College might end for-credit classes in ceramics prompted actions of protest by potters. Some clay artists at the school's Royal Oak campus wore buttons this week proclaiming
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Carol Hardy of Southfield, Mich., works on recently painted bowls that she created in ceramics class at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak, Mich., on Monday. Concerns that Oakland Community College might end for-credit classes in ceramics prompted actions of protest by potters. Some clay artists at the school's Royal Oak campus wore buttons this week proclaiming "The Arts are a Necessity, Not a Luxury!"

College systems making student transfers easier

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s higher education system has a deal comparable to synchronizing traffic lights.

The University of North Carolina and the State Board of Community Colleges will finalize an agreement Friday easing the way for students to transfer between the two systems without losing class credits. School officials and state lawmakers say it will reduce wasted student tuition and taxpayer funding on the way to a bachelor’s degree.

Agreements on transferring credits have been around for almost two decades. Community Colleges President Scott Ralls says the new language lines up core courses so students know when they move they will not have to retake a class at a UNC school.

North Carolina has 75 university and community college campuses.