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ERIC Number: ED508915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 56
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 62
Bridging the Gaps to Success: Promising Practices for Promoting Transfer among Low-Income and First-Generation Students. An In-Depth Study of Six Exemplary Community Colleges in Texas
Smith, Chandra Taylor; Miller, Abby
Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
This study asks the question: what are the promising practices for transferring students from two-year to four-year institutions? To answer this question, the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education conducted a study to examine the institutional characteristics, practices, and policies that might contribute to assuring that students matriculate and excel in community college and transfer to four-year institutions. The authors focused on six Texas community colleges that had higher than predicted transfer rates of low-socioeconomic status (SES) students. Their analysis identified three common themes or characteristics, each consisting of institutional programs and policies that appear to contribute to higher than expected transfer rates. They call these three characteristics: (1) A Structured Academic Pathway; (2) A Student-centered Culture; and (3) A Culturally-sensitive Leadership. All of the colleges in this study cultivate a culture of transfer. They ensure that their students are well-informed about the transfer process and supported, both academically and socially. These three characteristics and their individual components are described in this report. Appendices include: (1) Quantitative Analysis; (2) Staff & Faculty Interview Guide; (3) Student Interview Guide; and (4) Institutional Profile Matrix. (Contains 2 footnotes, 4 tables, and 5 charts.) [This report was written with the assistance of C. Adolfo Bermeo.]
Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. 1025 Vermont Avenue NW Suite 1020, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-638-2887; Fax: 202-638-3808; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
Authoring Institution: Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Texas