Teachers College, Columbia University

Reshaping Transfer Outcomes: Learning From the Transfer Playbook (Panel)

Date and Time: April 29, 2018 3:00–4:00 PM
Location: Dallas, TX
Venue: Hilton Anatole Dallas | Lalique

Currently, only 14 percent of community college students transfer to a four-year school and earn a bachelor’s degree within six years, despite the fact that over three fourths express interest in obtaining a bachelor's degree at the time of enrollment. Of those who do transfer, many are forced to repeat courses in their chosen discipline, creating additional time and costs on the way to a bachelor’s degree.

At the same time, tuition has increased across all sectors of higher education, causing low-income students and students of color to begin their education at relatively cheaper community colleges and more state governments to scrutinize the effectiveness of transfer pipelines. Finally, enrollment in community colleges has decreased in recent years, as increasing segments of the public question the value of higher education.

This confluence of factors is making the improvement of transfer student outcomes an important priority for all community colleges and their four-year partner institutions. The Aspen Institute’s transfer work is based on careful analysis of six sets of geographically diverse community colleges and universities that have higher than expected rates of bachelor’s degree attainment for transfer students. These institutions are doing things for their students that are proven to work, and the participants in this panel spike to how and why these practices are promising. This interactive panel discussion shared innovative and empirically supported best practices and models for institutional growth that can be adapted to a variety of institutions.

Associated Papers


Senior Research Scholar
Community College Research Center
Scott Ralls
Wake Technical Community College
Joshua Wyner
Vice President and Executive Director, College Excellence Program
The Aspen Institute

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