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The Unintended Mission of Community Colleges: Enrollment Patterns, Academic Outcomes, and Labor Market Returns of Reverse Transfer Students

Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Annual Conference
March 15, 2018
Portland, OR

This presentation described results from a study on four- to two-year college transfer. The study aimed to answer four research questions:

  1. What are the characteristics of students who begin in four-year colleges but enroll in courses at two-year colleges? What courses do they enroll in?
  2. Do transfer students have different outcomes than non-transfer students?
  3. Do individuals with temporary enrollments at two-year colleges accumulate a different level of human capital than those who never transfer? Do employers see them differently?
  4. Are there penalties for staying in two-year colleges for too long?


Associate Director, Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support
City University of New York