Teachers College, Columbia University

Strengthening Transfer Pathways to Improve Student Success

Date and Time: March 12, 2018 2:30–3:45 PM
Location: Washington, DC
Venue: Marriott Marquis, DC | M3 - Chinatown Room

The best-laid plans of many of the nation’s undergraduates too often go awry. While about 80 percent of first-time community college students plan to earn a bachelor’s degree, only 13 percent go on to complete one.

In the past, the blame for this lack of success would have been placed squarely on the shoulders of the student. More recently, however, college leaders and policymakers have begun to realize that this may be more indicative of flaws embedded within and between America’s colleges and universities. To overcome these flaws, both two- and four-year institutions must work to better facilitate transfer and increase degree completion rates. In this session, a panel of researchers and senior college and university leaders highlighted some of the major barriers facing transfer students, discussed research on promising practices, and shared some of their experiences implementing institutional and system-wide transfer policies and practices.


Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Alexandra W. Logue
Research Professor
City University of New York
Christopher M. Mullin
Strong Start to Finish
Jonathan M. Turk
Senior Policy Research Analyst
American Council on Education