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ERIC Number: ED545494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 150
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-7371-1
Understanding Contemporary Transfer Pathways: A Multiple Case Analysis of Two to Four-Year Transfer in a Single State
Cullop, Ashley M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia
Three quarters of community college students enter higher education with the goal of transferring to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree and as few as 11% succeed. Scholars cite four main reasons for why this gap in baccalaureate completion matters: (1) community colleges today are educating approximately one-half of all undergraduates in the American higher education system; (2) low-income students are much more likely to enter higher education through a community college rather than through a four-year institution; (3) non-traditional students such as adult, part-time, or first generation students, are more likely to start their post-secondary education at a community college; and (4) community colleges educate the highest proportion of minority students within the higher education system. One state-level approach to easing students' transitions between two and four-year institutions has been implementing articulation policies. In the state in which this study was conducted, no formal statewide articulation policy exists; the transfer process, including articulation, is largely governed at an institutional level. This study, focusing on institutional approaches to transfer, explored how administrators conceptualized and implemented their institution's approach to transfer, common elements that existed across institutions, and what practices within institutions were most effective in assisting transfer students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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