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Over 60 Percent of Students Transferring from a Two ‐Year College Go On to Complete Four‐Year Degrees

August 16, 2013 Comments off

Over 60 Percent of Students Transferring from a Two ‐Year College Go On to Complete Four‐Year Degrees (PDF)
Source: National Student Clearinghouse

Community colleges play an increasingly important role for students on the way to a baccalaureate degree, and this pathway is very successful for those who transfer. More than 60 percent of students who transferred from two‐year schools in the 2005-2006 academic year obtained degrees at four‐year institutions. Another eight percent remained in college and were still working on a four‐year degree six years after transfer. These are the findings of the National Student Clearinghouse™ Research Center® in their latest Signature Report, “ Baccalaureate Attainment: A National View of the Postsecondary Outcomes of Students Who Transfer from Two‐Year to Four‐Year Institutions.”

The report is based on student ‐ level data made available to the Clearinghouse by its more than 3,500 participating colleges and universities, including 98 percent of students attending public and private nonprofit postsecondary institutions.

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Transfer & Mobility: A National View of Pre-degree Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions

March 10, 2012 Comments off

Transfer & Mobility: A National View of Pre-degree Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions
Source: National Student Clearinghouse

In our second Signature Report, we analyze students’ transfer behaviors to better understand their postsecondary pathways. A detailed view of transfer rates is critical in helping institutions and policymakers develop strategies and policies that facilitate successful outcomes. Among the study’s findings:

  • One third of all students transferred at least once within five years.
  • The majority of transfers occurred in students’ second year, regardless of the direction of transfer (i.e., vertical, lateral or reverse). Although a surprising number of students made their first transfer in the fourth and fifth years.
  • Part- and full-time students had similar transfer rates over five years.
  • Over one quarter of all transfers crossed state lines, which, among other things, demonstrated the limitations of institution and state-based enrollment reporting.

The complete Signature Report includes detailed transfer summaries and related tables; color charts broken down by institution sector and control, part- and full-time student transfer rates and timing, in- and out-of-state transfers, and insight and future recommendations from the authors.

Free registration required to download full report.

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