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ERIC Number: ED544457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Transfer Report
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
More than 70 percent of the students who access higher education in Washington do so first at a two-year institution. Washington's two-year colleges account for a higher percentage of public and private college student enrollments (49 percent) than in the United States in general (34 percent). The Higher Education Coordinating Board's (HECB) ambitious degree attainment goals cannot be achieved without strong transfer rates between community and technical colleges and four-year institutions. In the 2008 Strategic Master Plan, the Board stressed the importance of transfer as one of its four major strategies to raise educational attainment, calling for two special areas of foci: "align[ing] institutional policies and practice to ensure that students have flexibility in designing their path to a degree" and "get[ting] the right information to students at the right time." A number of Washington statutes assign the HECB a coordinating role in transfer, including establishing and adopting transfer policies, improving educational transitions, and delivering a biennial report on transfer to the Legislature regarding progress on the development of transfer associate degrees and other improvements in transfer efficiency. (See Appendix B for a list of Washington laws addressing the HECB's role in transfer.) The HECB works closely with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and other partners to carry out its responsibilities regarding transfer. Key policy questions addressed in this report that follow from both the Board's Master Plan and from Washington statutes guide the HECB's long-term agenda regarding transfer and include the following foundational questions: (1) Do students transfer? (2) Do they transfer without loss of credit? (3) Are they successful after they transfer? (4) Is student transfer awareness increasing. Appended are: (1) Washington Groups and Offices Involved in Transfer and Articulation; and (2) List of Washington Laws Addressing HECB Roles and Responsibilities Regarding Transfer. (Contains 7 tables, 3 charts, and 24 footnotes.)
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. 917 Lakeridge Way SW, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430. Tel: 360-753-7800; Fax: 360-753-7808; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
Identifiers - Location: Washington