ERIC Number: EJ792666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Smooth Transfer: A Once Mundane Administrative Issue Re-Emerges as a Key Tool for Equity
Purcell, Francesca B.
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v21 n1 p20-21 Sum 2006
Undergraduate transfer is a messy and too-often frustrating part of college for faculty, staff and, above all, the students themselves. Students are discouraged by unclear and complicated curriculum requirements. Faculty are reluctant to accept courses from another institution and question the preparedness of transfer students. Advisors are diverted from assisting students by the administrative minutia of course equivalencies and articulation agreements. As a result, transfer is often perceived merely as a bothersome technical procedure and so it is devalued. This article focuses on vertical transfer from community colleges to senior institutions, as community college students still constitute the majority of transfer students and play a crucial access role for students underrepresented in higher education. It discusses a few of the practices and policies that could improve transfer rates for community college students to bachelor's-degree granting institutions.
Descriptors: College Students, Community Colleges, Articulation (Education), Transfer Students, Two Year College Students, Transfer Rates (College), Transfer Policy, Faculty Advisers, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Maine; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; Rhode Island; Vermont