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ERIC Number: ED557777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Successful Student Transfer: A Key Building Block of the Completion Agenda
Hillman, Michel; Quigley, Peter; Safman, Phyllis; Shea, Pat; Turner, Robert
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Increasing global competition in technology and commerce has led many nations, including the United States, to focus on the productivity and output of their higher education institutions. Data from the last few years show that the U.S. is falling behind many developed countries in degree production, and this is particularly true for STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The reaction to this situation has been for academic leaders to initiate and emphasize strategies that fall under the heading of the "completion agenda," which seeks ways to increase the proportion of the U.S. population with associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Two necessary imperatives for the completion agenda are to produce high school graduates that are college ready and to increase the rate at which students advance through higher education to a degree. To achieve the latter, we must address the impact of transfer, finding ways to move it from a stumbling block to a building block of degree completion. This paper is primarily a result of a two-stage convening, "Transfer Solutions through Cross-Organizational Alignment," hosted by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) during spring and summer 2014. Higher education leaders from a broad spectrum of postsecondary institutions and organizations gathered to share information and perspectives around some of the complex issues associated with transfer. The paper also draws upon several recent reports to expand upon those discussions. Specifically, it concentrates on providing a high-level overview of today's transfer marketplace, including its general characteristics and impact on degree completion. It looks at how the Interstate Passport Initiative's new block transfer framework can streamline the transfer process for lower-division general education, providing benefits to both students and institutions. It also highlights how the results of the "Passport Initiative" and other state and national initiatives addressing academic quality may help transfer students have coherent learning experiences that ensure their academic progress. It concludes with observations from the convening and a call for action.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200; Fax: 303-541-0291; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Washington