Participants will be able to identify a variety of pathways students might have to transfer from a community college to a Bachelor's degree institution. They will also be able to identify potential barriers in sending and/or receiving students in the transfer process and they will be able to identify and/or consider transition efforts on both sides of the transfer process.
This webinar will address the process of transfer from admission and recruitment through to graduation - at both types of institutions - emphasizing these characteristics from both perspectives. The topics may include areas of application, admission, scholarships, testing, remediation, academic advising, curricular structures, transfer out, admission into, orientation, opportunities for engagement and support, and curricular expectations.
There are more transfer students enrolled in American higher education institutions today than any other sub-population. Most of those who initially enroll in community colleges indicate a desire and goal to earn a bachelor's degree; however, many of them do not complete this dream. Reflecting on Tinto's research in social and academic integration of college students and Astin's research on student engagement of these students, the presenters have used their decades of experience with transfer students to conclude that a significant factor contributing to this failure to complete is that easy transitions from one sector to the other are not well-structured or well-understood. In fact, many (unintentional) roadblocks or barriers might exist that foster a lack of success. Clearly defined and articulated intentional pathways and strong academic and personal preparation must be in place on the front end; a targeted orientation and transition program must be in place on the receiving end, and a strong academic advising program must be available in both sectors. This webinar will attempt to provide research, programmatic efforts, obstacles, and outcomes that occur throughout the complete transfer process. Participants will be able to compare their institutional policies and practices to the variety of examples presented to consider appropriate ones for future adoptions on their campuses. Partner institutions that are nearby and/or have specific articulation agreements with any number of institutions will be able to identify additional programs and/or specific policies or procedures that might be considered for improving the transition processes on their campuses. With all this being said, the unavoidable criteria used for determining student success - retention, persistence, and graduation rates - will be discussed throughout the webinar. However, other criteria will also be described.
- Critique potential practices that create barriers from their community colleges or inhibit smooth transitions to their baccalaureate institutions
- Identify structured and unstructured pathways that facilitate the transfer from a community college to a baccalaureate institution
- Examine efforts to smooth the transition out of community colleges and into baccalaureate institutions; this should engage more communication between institutions
- Review of the constructs and examples provided, participants will be able to assess the potential for improved transitional efforts on either/both of their campuses