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

Conference: College Board Forum
Date and Time: October 27, 2016 3:00–4:15 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
Venue: Sheraton Grand Chicago

Increasingly, state and federal policymakers are focusing not only on the number of community college students who transfer, but also on whether those students ultimately earn bachelor’s degrees. Nationally, outcomes are grim: Over 80 percent of community college students aspire to attain at least a bachelor’s degree, but fewer than 20 percent do so within six years of entry to community college.

This session featured cutting-edge research that analyzes and compares how each state is measuring up to transfer and degree-completion goals. The research also identifies successful practices among high-performing two- and four-year colleges. Participants learned how their institutions can raise rates of degree attainment and begin to narrow troubling achievement gaps between higher- and lower-income students.

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John Fink
Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Rhona Free
University of Saint Joseph
Gena Glickman
Manchester Community College
Katherine L. Hughes
Executive Director, Community College and Higher Education Initiatives
The College Board

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