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The Progress of Education Reform: Transfer and Articulation PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform looks at recent research on transfer and articulation in light of the new movement to increase degree attainment by addressing the following three questions: 1) Do articulation agreements ease the transfer process and lead to degree attainment; 2) what are the factors that facilitate or impede transfer; and 3) how can four-year, baccalaureate-degree-granting institutions ensure that transfer students succeed?...

Should Community College Students Earn an Associate Degree Before Transferring to a Four-Year Institution - Community college students who transfer to four-year colleges with an associate degree are more likely to earn a bachelor's degree than students who transfer without one, a study found. Students in the study attended college in a state which has an hours-will-transfer agreement, leading to the notion that if states encourage community college students to get an associate degree and guarantee those hours will transfer, they might significantly raise bachelor's degree completion rates. (Peter M. Crosta and Elizabeth M. Kopko, Community College Research Center, April 2014)...

Essential Elements of State Policy for College Completion - Comprehensive statewide transfer and articulation policies allow students to know which courses will transfer and how credit will be applied to their declared major. This brief highlights several specific state policies and analyses the essential elements of their effectiveness. (Southern Regional Education Board, March 2011) ...

Cracking the Credit Hour - The basic currency of higher education — the credit hour — represents the root of many problems plaguing America's higher education system: the practice of measuring time rather than learning. This paper traces the history of this time-based unit, from the days of Andrew Carnegie to recent federal efforts to define a credit hour. The report shows the credit hour is putting our nation's workforce and future prosperity at risk. It outlines several steps the federal government can take now to shift from measuring seat time to learning. (New America Foundation and Education Sector, September 2012) ...

Transfer and Mobility: A National View of Pre-Degree Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions - This report presents a detailed view of students’ transfer behaviors to help policymakers better understand postsecondary pathways. The authors examine transfer behaviors by institution sector and control for part- and full-time students as well as in- and out-of-state student transfers. (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, February 2012)...

Improving Student Transfer from Community Colleges to Four-Year Institutions--The Perspective of Leaders from Baccalaureate-Granting Institutions - Twenty-one higher education leaders at 12 four-year institutions were interviewed. The institutions were selected because they are known for their commitment to transfer students. The questions focused on the work with transfer students in a variety of areas, including recruitment, enrollment planning, financial aid and student and academic affairs. Appendix Two includes a summary and recommendations. (Stephen Handel, College Board, July 2011)...

You Can't Get There from Here: Five Ways to Clear Roadblocks for College Transfer Students - Over half of today's college students transfer to another school at least once during their academic careers. Students pay a "transfer fee", losing some of the academic credit they have earned due to school policies that make it difficult for students to transfer credits. A simple system could be established to help postsecondary students and institutions navigate the transfer process. This system would grant credit based on students' performance rather than preemptively penalizing them for changing schools. (Peter Smith, American Enterprise Institute for Publilc Policy Resarch, May 2010)...

Special Report on the Transfer Admission Process - In November 2006, the National Association for College Admission Counseling distributed its annual Admission Trends Survey to over 2,200 four-year, not-for-profit, degree-granting, Title IV-participating institutions of postsecondary education in the United States and outlying areas. Of the respondents, 72% were private and 28% were public. One of the revealing results was that the average acceptance rate for transfer applicants was slightly lower than the rate for first-year students and private colleges had somewhat lower acceptance rates for transfer students. (National Association for College Admission Counseling, April 2010)...

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