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Indicators of Two- to Four-Year College Credit Transfer Inefficiency

Date and Time: April 14, 2018 10:35 AM–12:05 PM
Location: New York, NY
Venue: New York Marriott Marquis | Fourth Floor, Gilbert

For community college students seeking to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree, credit transfer inefficiency is a major impediment to their success. This presentation looked at an exploratory study that used data mining techniques to examine the course-taking behaviors among community college entrants who earned bachelor’s degrees to better understand transfer credit efficiency as measured by excess credits. Findings suggest that students who initially took the right 100- and 200-level courses, enabling them to take more 300- and 400-level courses after they reached 60 credits, graduated with fewer excess credits. These findings emphasize the importance for colleges to work both internally and with their transfer partners to create clearer degree pathways and help students explore options and select a pathway early.


Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Senior Research Scholar
Community College Research Center
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Senior Research Assistant
Community College Research Center

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