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Improving Transfer Students’ Bachelor’s Completion: New Research and Lessons

Conference: College Board Middle States Regional Forum
Date and Time: March 16, 2017 10:45–11:45 AM
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Venue: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

State and federal policymakers are increasingly focusing not only on the number of community college students who transfer, but on whether those students ultimately earn bachelor’s degrees. Nationally, outcomes are grim: Over 80% of community college students aspire to attain at least a bachelor’s degree, but fewer than one in five do so within six years of entering community college.

This session featured cutting-edge research that reports how each state is doing on student transfer and transfer student bachelor's degree completion. The research also identifies practices of two- and four-year institutions that lead to strong bachelor’s degree completion rates among transfer students. Attendees learned from researchers and leaders of high-performing colleges about how their college could improve educational success for transfer students.

Associated Papers


Lawrence A. Nespoli
New Jersey Council of County Colleges
John Fink
Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Warren G. Sandmann
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
William Paterson University

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