Improving Community Transfer Student Success Through Policy and Practice

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October 6, 2017

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Community college students who transfer to four-year universities have low rates of bachelor’s degree completion. To spur new thinking about how to address this problem and improve student success, Community College Review has released a special “Transfer Matters” issue—which includes an article by four Education Northwest researchers.

“Exploring Credit Mobility and Major-Specific Pathways: A Policy Analysis and Student Perspective on Community College to University Transfer” examines approaches to transfer policy and how community college staff members and students experience transfer.

One finding is that students often lose credits during the transfer process for reasons including not choosing a major early enough.

“For transfer outcomes to improve, we need to create systems of truly integrated pathways that allow students to apply every two-year credit earned to their four-year degree,” says Michelle Hodara, the lead author of the article.

The “Transfer Matters” issue of Community College Review is available without a subscription through Oct. 31, 2017, through Sage Journals.

Download “Exploring Credit Mobility and Major-Specific Pathways: A Policy Analysis and Student Perspective on Community College to University Transfer,” by Education Northwest researchers Michelle Hodara, Mary Martinez-Wenzl, David Stevens and Christopher Mazzeo through October.

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