Teachers College, Columbia University

Smoothing the Path for Transfer Students

Date and Time: May 17, 2021 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online

Students often enter community college with eventual plans to transfer to a four-year institution. Few, however, manage to do so successfully, and those who do face an uphill battle to graduation. In the wake of pandemic-related enrollment declines that hit community colleges especially hard, what can colleges do to fulfill the promise of a four-year degree?

In this virtual forum, a panel of experts gathered to examine the realities of today and offer suggestions for how colleges can improve the transition from community college to a four-year university. The panel sought to answer:

  • How can colleges re-evaluate policies that result in credit loss?
  • What barriers block the progress of transfer students, particularly minority and low-income students?
  • What partnerships can be formed between community colleges and four-year institutions to help boost enrollment?


Senior Research Scholar
Community College Research Center
Katherine Mangan
Senior Writer
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Janet Marling
Executive Director
National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students
Alfred Herrera
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Partnerships and Director
Center for Community College Partnerships
Michael Morgan
Transfer Ambassador
National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students

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