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ERIC Number: EJ849969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-14
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
The Community College Transfer Problem
Roach, Ronald
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n7 p14-15 May 2009
Once a high school dropout, Hamilton Cunningham beat the odds in navigating the transition from earning a GED, serving in the U.S. Air Force, and attending community college to enrolling at Howard University in fall 2007 as a sophomore where he is now a Truman Scholar and a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation undergraduate transfer scholarship recipient. Cunningham, who is Black, credits participation in the Leadership Academy, a Black male-oriented academic support program at Georgia Perimeter Community College where he attended, for guidance from program mentors who motivated him to consider transferring to a four-year institution. While Cunningham's story, and others similar to his, endorse the community college role in expanding the pool of bachelor's degree earners, it also points to why two-year institutions may need to strengthen their student support programs to increase overall degree completion and transfer rates. As first-generation college attendees, capable students benefit substantially from extensive counseling and guidance programs, often making the difference in whether they persist, graduate, and transfer to four-year schools. While states and their higher education systems have taken on the task of aligning the academic paths between community colleges and public four-year institutions, there's also been considerable activity in the last decade to establish support programs and policies in the states aimed at boosting student success. The community college student success movement has attracted myriad foundations, such as the Lumina Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, that support a range of programs administered through organizations, such as the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and by academic entities, such as the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) at The University of Texas at Austin. For students from low-income backgrounds and underrepresented minority groups the student success movement has been a crucial development. Community college professionals and many others commonly note that the need for students to undertake remedial, or developmental, education has long proved a stumbling block in their efforts to complete degrees and certificates, and transfer to four-year institutions. They also say it's critical for community college systems to have in place precollege outreach programs to inform students of what they need to be successful in college.
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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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