Higher Education

Volume 11 / Issue 3

March 22, 2023

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Spotlight: Transfer Student Pathways to Success


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SPOTLIGHT: Transfer Student Pathways to Success

Community colleges are a pathway to continued higher education for millions of students. Unfortunately, students who transfer to four-year colleges from community colleges often face challenges getting their bachelor’s degree. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, between 2015 and 2022, only 16 percent of students who transferred from community colleges completed their bachelor’s degree within six years. The completion rate was only 11 percent for lower income students.


Institutions of higher education have developed innovative partnerships and programs to help community college students successfully transition into and graduate from four-year colleges. Examples include: 2+2 programs, dual admission, guided pathways, minority student transfer support, transfer peer mentorship, post transfer supportand learning communities.


Community Colleges 

U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Designing and Delivering Career Pathways at Community Colleges: A Practice Guide for Educators

ED's Institute of Education Sciences, What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)

Federal Student Aid Resources for Transfer Students

ED’s Office of Federal Student Aid


The Emerging Role of Public Higher Education Systems in Advancing Transfer Student Success: Results of a National Study

National Association of System Heads 

Reimagining Transfer for Student Success

American Council on Education

Tackling Transfer: Research & Tools

Tackling Transfer

Listen to Me: Community College Students Tell Us What Helps Them Persist

Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)

Community College Survey of Student Engagement


Fast Facts 2022: Community College Enrollment

American Association of Community Colleges

Community College Research Center

Community College Research Center (CCRC)


Health and Wellbeing

NIMH Strategic Framework for Addressing Youth Mental Health Disparities

National Institute on Mental Health 

The Apple Model: Substance Misuse Prevention Tailored for College Athletics and the Student-Athlete Experience

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Campus Drug Prevention (CDP) 

'Awkward Conversations' Podcast Series


Prevention with Purpose: A Resource for Community and Technical Colleges


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Preparing for Changes in Student Eligibility Following the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Student Engagement

Fact Sheet: Diversity & Inclusion Activities Under Title VI

ED's Office for Civil Rights 


Health and Wellbeing

The 120 Initiative White Paper on Gun Violence Reduction

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area 

2022 Annual Report - Bringing Science and Practice Together

Pennsylvania State University Center for Collegiate Mental Health 

Lessons from Black Colleges on Mental Health and Wellbeing: Practical Approaches for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Support Student Belonging and Mental Health

United Negro College Fund 

Mental Health First Aid

National Council for Mental Wellbeing 

Treating Emergencies Like Emergencies: Lessons from King County Community Colleges 

Believe in Students 

Nightly Sleep Duration Predicts Grade Point Average in the First Year of College 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 

A Program to Meet the Basic Needs of College Students: The Bridge to Finish Campaign


Student Engagement

How Social Belonging Impacts Retention at Broad-Access Colleges

Third Way 

Higher Education Access and Success for Undocumented Students Start with 9 Key Criteria

Education Trust  

Reconnect, Re-enroll, and Rise: Five Imperatives to Help Community Colleges Enroll Stopped-Out Students


Using Data to Improve Outcomes for First-generation College Students: A Guide for Practitioners 

Center for First-Generation Student Success 

Listening to Learn: Using College Staff Members’ Perspectives to Improve the Student Experience


Increasing Equity in College Student Experience: Findings from a National Collaborative 

Student Experience Project

Balancing Act: The Tradeoffs and Challenges Facing Black Students in Higher Education

Gallup and Lumina Foundation 

Students’ Lived Experiences in Transferring Credits

StraighterLine and University Professional and Continuing Education Association

Waiting for the Bus? Transit Infrastructure at America’s Community and Technical Colleges

Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation

Collaboration Across Campus

Closing the Equity Gap in Higher Education: A 3-Year Study in Minority Male Success


Caring Campus: Faculty Leadership in Student Success 


Teaching, Learning, Equity and Change: Realizing the Promise of Professional Learning

Achieving the Dream 

Unpacking Financial Disincentives: Why and How They Stymie Degree-Applicable Credit Mobility and Equitable Transfer Outcomes 

Beyond Transfer Policy Advisory Board and Sova 

Institutional Resilience in Puerto Rico: A First Look at Efforts by Puerto Rican HSIs 

¡Excelencia in Education! 

Sustaining Momentum

Helping Underserved Students at Higher Performing iPASS Colleges: An Exploration of Support Practices


Findings and Recommendations to Support Latinx Education in North Carolina 


Building on Completion Gains

Complete College America 

Using Research to Improve the Postsecondary Educational Outcomes of Community College Students in Foster Care

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work and Chapin Hall, University of Chicago 

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