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ERIC Number: EJ1121332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
Merging the Mazes: Joint Admission as a Transfer Student Pathway
Morris, Brett; Cox, Lisa
College and University, v91 n4 p75-76, 78-80, 82 Nov 2016
The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center reports that 48 percent of all students begin their postsecondary education at community colleges--15 percentage points more than the number of students who begin their postsecondary education at four-year public institutions. It's easy to explain why. Access is easier because admission is open, community colleges are conveniently located, and they cost less. The NSC estimates that only approximately 25 percent of these students end up transferring to four-year institutions within six years; among those who do, 45 percent transfer more than once (AAC&U 2015). Evidence indicates that despite their desired outcome of earning a bachelor's degree, many students never do so because transferring from one institution to another remains an opaque, convoluted, and confusing process. Community College students soon discover that lower-division prerequisites, general education courses, and supporting course requirements vary significantly from one four-year institution to another. What is needed is a student-focused solution. Some community colleges and four-year institutions have signed formal agreements offering transfer admission guarantees (TAGs) or dual enrollment programs. TAGs guarantee admission to transfer students who complete an academic contract that specifies certain requirements a student must complete by the time of transfer; typically, they require students to have regular conversations with a community college or four-year advisor to verify that they are on track and making satisfactory academic progress. Initiatives such as TAGs and dual enrollment require advance support services that help prospective transfer students plan their programs of study, select courses, and prepare for their transition to the four-year campus's academic and social culture. This article explores the details involved in designing, implementing, and managing advanced transfer policy instruments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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