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ERIC Number: EJ775139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Second Chance, Not Second Class: A Blueprint for Community-College Transfer
Handel, Stephen J.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v39 n5 p38-45 Sep-Oct 2007
While American community colleges are highly regarded for providing access to higher education for many students, especially those from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, many of those students never make significant progress in earning a baccalaureate degree. In order to do so, they must successfully transfer to a four-year institution. For decades, policymakers and educators have been concerned about the low numbers who make that transition successfully. A 2003 U.S. Department of Education report notes that only about half of the community college students who indicate a desire to transfer to a four-year institution eventually succeed. The number of students "lost" in the transfer process represents both a waste of individual talent and a failure of America's higher-education establishment. This article focuses on strategies implemented by the University of California (UC) Regents that resulted in a 33 percent increase in transfer students over the last eight years. The success of UC's "transfer mission" has produced seven "habits" that have been shown to have a positive effect on community college students' transferring to, and ultimately succeeding in, four-year institutions: (1) Insist on academic preparation; (2) Communicate first things first; (3) Support community college counselors; (4) Implement articulation policies that help most students most of the time; (5) Admit community college applicants first; (6) Set transfer targets for students at community college; and (7) Establish a "transfer-going" culture. (Contains 3 figures and 14 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California