Teachers College, Columbia University

College Transfer Aspirations and Trajectories

Date and Time: April 12, 2021 9:30–11:00 AM EST
Location: Online

This AERA paper and symposium session featured four papers related to community college transfer, including two CCRC publications. Using nine years of data from one state, "Stratified Trajectories: Charting Equity Gaps in Program Pathways Among Community College Students," tracks completion and transfer outcomes to examine when gaps between Black, Hispanic, and White community college students occur. The paper also estimates the benefits of reaching early milestones for such students. Meanwhile, "'Lost in the Shuffle': The Effects of Relationships and Personalized Advisement on Community College Students' Transfer Aspirations and Outcomes" examines students who received personalized transfer advising through a community college honors program and compares their experiences and outcomes to those of transfer-aspiring students attending the same community colleges who qualified for, but chose not to join, the honors program. Findings suggest that personalized advisement and relationships with transfer advisors contributed to higher rates of transfer and may support honors students’ transfer to more selective destinations.

Associated Papers


Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center
Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Negar Farakish
Executive Director of Academic Affairs and Clinical Assistant Professor
NYU School of Professional Studies, Division of Programs in Business
Yuxin Lin
Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center

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