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ERIC Number: ED573075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Policy Levers to Strengthen Community College Transfer Student Success in Texas. Policy Brief
Bailey, Thomas; Jenkins, Davis; Fink, John; Cullinane, Jenna; Schudde, Lauren
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Texas relies heavily on its community colleges to provide low-cost access to undergraduate coursework for students pursuing a bachelor's degree. Yet, while the majority of Texas students who enter higher education through a community college enroll in transfer programs, only 35 percent transfer and only 15 percent earn a bachelor's degree within six years of starting at a community college. The Greater Texas Foundation asked the Community College Research Center (CCRC) to conduct an analysis of ways state policy could help to improve outcomes for community college transfer students in Texas. To do this, the authors first used National Student Clearinghouse data to examine the performance of Texas community colleges and universities in serving transfer students compared to two- and four-year institutions nationally. Second, they analyzed state transfer policies to better understand the policy environment and identify policies that may facilitate or inhibit transfer success in the state. Third, they conducted interviews with over 50 individuals who work with transfer students at 36 Texas colleges (18 two-year and 18 four-year institutions) to learn how state policy plays out on the ground with students and institutions. This report presents their main findings and recommendations.
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center; Greater Texas Foundation (GTF)
Identifiers - Location: Texas