Transfer Student Success

Today, most college students in the United States do not attend a single institution in pursuit of their college degrees. Accordingly, the successful attainment of a degree or other credential often depends on a smooth transfer process, as students move between and among higher education institutions. Many states and institutions are working to develop policies and practices that ensure that students can successfully and efficiently make their way from one institution to another and move from one level of learning to another. As these policies and practices are developed, however, we must ensure that we attend not only to the efficiency of these guided learning pathways, but that we map them against common frameworks for quality learning outcomes. Campus models and tools featured here highlight ways that we can advance transfer student success both in learning and completion of degrees of real value.

Campus Models and Case Studies


In Texas, A Collaborative Approach to the Two-Year to Four-Year Transition

The road from a community college to a four-year college or university can be a fraught one, filled with bureaucratic red tape and logistical difficulties. The North Texas Community College... Read More

Collaborating for Transfer Student Success at Mount Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg State University

A positive trend in recent years has been the move by many colleges and universities toward integrated curricula through which students forge connections between general education and the major and... Read More

Pathways for Learning and Transfer at California State University-Northridge and Pierce College

“Why do I have to take this course?” It’s a question that most faculty members have probably heard at some point—especially if they teach courses that satisfy general education requirements. The... Read More
Students at the 2013 Summer Bridge Program wear color-coded shirts matched to their "houses"--the learning communities to which they belong throughout their first year at the college.

Assessment for Learning: Building a New Curriculum at Charles and Stella Guttman Community College

Building a college from scratch presents a lot of challenges, but it's also "fantastically freeing to be able to start fresh," says Scott Evenbeck, president of Charles and Stella Guttman Community... Read More
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Passport to Transfer: Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is less than three miles from the Central Indiana campus of Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana's statewide community college system. The two... Read More