Students lose an average of 13 credits, almost a semester’s worth of work, when they transfer. This results in wasted time, credits, and money.
Our work in transfer supports improving policies and practices so students can smoothly transition between institutions. Over 80 percent of community college students intend to earn at least a bachelor’s degree. However, only about a quarter end up transferring and only 17 percent complete a bachelor’s degree. It’s clear that improvements in transfer practices are urgently needed. There is often a disconnect between transfer policy and practice and well-meaning policies often break down on campuses. However, there are a number of practices that can make transferring work better for students and help keep them on the path to a degree.