The transfer system is failing to work for community college students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree, according to two new reports, which call on higher education institutions to improve transfer pathways.
The Department of Education is focusing on partnerships between two- and four-year colleges that improve a transfer system where students from underserved communities often face obstacles to completing a four-year degree.
Improving the transfer process from community colleges to four-year institutions is crucial as higher education seeks to build more diverse campuses and foster more equitable outcomes for underrepresented students, experts say.
“The transfer application process reflects the inequitable state of higher education,” says a new report from the Common App that provides one of the first nationwide datasets on transfer applications to U.S. colleges and universities.
As transfer enrollment rates fall, colleges and advocates are pushing to streamline the path from community colleges to four-year universities.
The American Talent Initiative, of which Georgetown is a founding member, shared results from a pilot program designed to expand opportunities for community college students to continue their education at highly selective four-year institutions.
Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to disrupt transfer student pathways, especially among students over age 20, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
As upward transfer enrollment declines, educators hope new dual and guaranteed admissions programs will reduce barriers for community college students intending to complete four-year degrees.
A new report shows declining transfer enrollment, especially among students moving from community colleges to four-year programs, a crucial pathway for both students and institutions.
A new report from the American Council on Education outlines how colleges and universities can improve their transfer and award-of-credit practices to help students efficiently complete their degrees.
Enrollment challenges intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic may end up opening doors for transfer students as four-year schools push to fill their classes.
As the pandemic upends college plans and magnifies racial disparities, higher education leaders say it is more crucial than ever to strengthen community college students’ path to an affordable four-year degree.