STUDENT SUCCESS

Transferring Credits

Schools transferring information.

Today, one third of college students attend more than one institution on their way to a credential. For many of these students, however, the credits they’ve earned aren’t easily transferable. The result? Wasted time, wasted credits, and wasted money. It’s clear that improvements in this area are urgently needed.

THE CREDIT TRANSFER DISCONNECT

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RESEARCH ON THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN POLICY AND PRACTICE REVEALS THAT WELL-MEANING STATE TRANSFER AND ARTICULATION POLICIES OFTEN BREAK DOWN AT CAMPUS LEVEL.

36 states have a transferable general education core

16 states have a common course numbering system

And yet, transfer students lose an average of 13 credits

39%

are unable to transfer any credits

~50%

of students who transfer end up not receiving a degree

FIXING A BROKEN SYSTEM

Schools transferring information.

FIELD UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROOT CAUSES OF BROKEN TRANSFER SYSTEMS HAS IMPROVED, BUT EFFORTS TO FIX THE PROBLEMS FACE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES.

MOVING FORWARD, SOLUTIONS SHOULD FOCUS ON:

Collecting data and reporting on:

Number of credits rejected by receiving institutions

Transfer rate

Time/credits to credential

Post-transfer completion rate

Cost of excess credits to credential

Creating and regularly refreshing major-specific program maps

Promoting policies that require students to declare their field of interest by the end of their first year

Emphasizing fairness in financial aid allocation

SOURCES:

http://postsecondary.gatesfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PostsecondarySuccessAdvocacyPriorities2016.pdf

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/brand-connect/wp/enterprise/data-driven-support-improves-student-completion-rates-at-community-college/