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Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Student Transfer

Date and Time: November 03, 2016 10:00–11:00 AM
Location: Washington, DC
Venue: Washington Hilton | Columbia 2

To explore the benefits and costs of student mobility in postsecondary education, the papers in this session utilize rich administrative data from two- and four-year colleges across three state higher education systems as well as analysis of transfer-related legislation from 10 states. The four papers use a variety of research methods, including cost-benefit analysis, instrumental variable research designs, and qualitative policy analysis.

The papers converge to ask: Under which circumstances is it most ideal for students to transfer to another postsecondary institution, and which policies are most supportive of efficient transfer? Together, these studies advance the literature on college transfer by providing robust measures of transfer credit efficiency, as well as estimates of the cost savings of earning a bachelor’s degree for community college transfer students and of the benefits of reverse transfer. Finally, given the proliferation in the past decade of statewide policy to increase the efficiency of credit transfer, the panel shed much-needed light on the role of state policy in optimizing student transfer.

Participants

Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center
David B. Monaghan
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center
Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center

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