Although students have been moving between institutions and attempting to import course credit for many years, current data show that transfer is becoming an increasingly common approach to higher education. This volume is dedicated to exploring this new normal and has been written with a broad constituency in mind.
It is intended to assist institutions, higher education agencies, and even state legislative bodies as they navigate the challenges of serving transfer students, a diverse, integral segment of our higher education system. Most available research has explored the two year to four-year transfer track, and the practical examples provided here often use that framework. However, real-world transition issues are not restricted to a specific higher education sector, and readers interested in the sometimes complex processes of other transfer pathways will gain valuable insight as well.This is the 162nd volume of the Jossey-Bass higher education report New Directions for Higher Education. Addressed to presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other higher education decision makers on all kinds of campuses, New Directions for Higher Education provides timely information and authoritative advice about major issues and administrative problems confronting every institution.
Table of Contents
EDITOR'S NOTES 1Janet L. Marling
1. The Transfer Moment: The Pivotal Partnership BetweenCommunity Colleges and Four-Year Institutions in Securing theNation's College Completion Agenda 5Stephen J. HandelThis chapter addresses transfer from a community college to afouryear institution, an important pathway for students seeking thebachelor’s degree, especially students from underservedgroups. The transfer pathway will be an increasingly importantsource of bachelor’s degree holders as colleges anduniversities strive to meet President Obama’s collegecompletion agenda.
2. Deciphering Articulation and State/System Policies andAgreements 17Trudy H. BersThis chapter provides a brief description of articulationagreements and policies intended to facilitate transfer; examplesof institutional partnership, system-level, and statewideapproaches; and observations about the characteristics, underlyingassumptions, and utility of these agreements and policies.
3. Campus Administrator and Student Perspectives forImproving Transfer Policy and Practice 27Amy FannThis chapter offers a set of recommendations for two-year andfour-year institutions related to the evaluation and implementationof transfer policy and practice. These recommendations were drawnfrom a major study to investigate the perspectives of students,staff, and administrators.
4. Institutional Practices That Facilitate Bachelor’sDegree Completion for Transfer Students 39Abby MillerThis chapter presents findings from two recent Pell Institutestudies, which explored the characteristics and experiences oflow-income, first-generation community college transfer students inTexas and two-year and four-year institutional approaches tofacilitating transfer student degree completion.
5. Building a Transfer-Receptive Culture at Four-YearInstitutions 51Alfred Herrera, Dimpal JainThis chapter reviews a four-year university’s role indeveloping and implementing a transfer-receptive culture. Inparticular, it focuses on the first element of a transfer-receptiveculture by highlighting a series of visits by the chancellor of theUniversity of California, Los Angeles, to community colleges withinCalifornia.
6. Successful Transitions From Two-Year to Four-YearInstitutions 61Thomas J. GritesThis chapter provides an analysis of a set of conditions thattransfer students will most likely face in their transition to anew institution. The specific focus is on transfer from two-year tofouryear institutions.
7. The Shared Experiences: Facilitating Successful Transferof Women and Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Fields69Dimitra Lynette Jackson, Soko S. Starobin, Frankie SantosLaananThis chapter addresses critical issues related to the transfersuccess of women and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in STEMdisciplines and will highlight implications for fostering asuccessful transfer experience for these populations.
8. Navigating the New Normal: Transfer Trends, Issues, andRecommendations 77Janet L. MarlingThis chapter establishes the use of data and effectivecommunications as the foundation of comprehensive approaches tofacilitating transfer student success and examines transfer trendsand future issues. Recommendations are offered to institutions andindividuals for navigating the new normal—collegiatetransfer.