Transfer Publications & Reports

The resources below provide an overview of transfer issues and are a good starting point in understanding the national context and conversation.

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Other Resources

Beyond Free College: Making Higher Education Work for 21st-Century Students (2021)

Beyond Free College: Making Higher Education Work for 21st-Century Students (2021)

Eileen Strempel & Stephen J. Handel (Eds.)

The authors align a wide constellation of higher education trends—online learning, prior learning assessment, competency-based learning, high school college-credit— with a rapidly shifting student transfer environment that privileges college credit as the pivotal educational catalyst to boost access and completion. The book’s agenda seeks greater productive investment in postsecondary education by privileging a single metric—lower-cost-per-degree-granted—as the animating driver of a transfer pathway that will fulfill the potential of its historical, progressive innovators.

Power to the Transfer: Critical Race Theory and a Transfer Receptive Culture (2020)

Power to the Transfer: Critical Race Theory and a Transfer Receptive Culture (2020)

Dimpal Jain, Santiago N. Bernal Melendez & Alfred R. Herrera

This book aims to provide direction toward the development and maintenance of a transfer receptive culture, which is defined as an institutional commitment by a university to support transfer students of color. A transfer receptive culture explicitly acknowledges the roles of race and racism in the vertical transfer process from a community college to a university and unapologetically centers transfer as a form of equity in the higher education pipeline.

Building Transfer Student Pathways for College and Career Success (2019)

Building Transfer Student Pathways for College and Career Success (2019)

Mark Allen Poisel & Sonya Joseph (Eds.)

Ensuring college completion and success requires an understanding of the evolving nature of transfer transitions and a system-wide approach that reaches beyond two-year and four-year institutions to include high schools participating in dual enrollment programs and military college initiatives. A new edited collection offers insight into institutional and statewide partnerships that create clearly defined pathways to college graduation and career success for all students.

Transition and Transformation: New Research Fostering Transfer Student Success, Vol. II (2018)

Transition and Transformation: New Research Fostering Transfer Student Success (2018)

Eileen Strempel & Stephen J. Handel (Eds.)

Strempel and Handel are back as editors of the second volume in this series. While the first book focuses on promising transfer practices from practitioners, this book presents recent transfer-related research studies. The included studies provide an in-depth look at the transfer student experience from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives and provide practical recommendations for practitioners, administrators, policy-makers, and researchers. (Table of Contents) 

Transition and Transformation: Fostering Transfer Student Success (2016)

Transition and Transformation: Fostering Transfer Student Success (2016)

Stephen J. Handel & Eileen Strempel (Eds.)

This book highlights the experience of practitioners involved in the day-to-day work of serving students in a variety of institutional contexts: public and private, two-year and four-year. The three main sections: strategic planning, curricular innovations, and outreach and advising discuss a broad range of topics relevant to transfer professionals. (Table of Contents)

Additional Notable Works

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Beyond Free College: Making Higher Education Work for 21st-Century Students (2021)

The Transfer Experience: A Handbook for Creating a More Equitable and Successful Postsecondary System (2021)

John N. Gardner, Michael J. Rosenberg & Andrew K. Koch (Eds.)

This comprehensive resource has been brought together to meet the need for a truly holistic approach to the transfer experience. The book brings together research, theory, practical applications, programmatic illustrations, case studies, encouragement, and inspiration, and is supplemented by an online compendium for continual updates of resources, case studies, and new developments in the world of transfer.

Power to the Transfer: Critical Race Theory and a Transfer Receptive Culture (2020)

Own My Own: The Challenge and Promise of Building Equitable STEM Transfer Pathways (2020)

Xueli Wang

This book follows 1,670 two-year college students over four years as they begin STEM programs in the Midwest and documents their educational and life experiences as they moved toward, or away from, the prospect of transfer to a four-year institution. Their stories reveal that they were on their own, left to navigate the pathways to transfer without meaningful institutional support.

Beyond Free College: Making Higher Education Work for 21st-Century Students (2021)

Through the Gate: Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community Colleges (2016-2020)

The Research & Planning Group of California,

Darla M. Cooper & Alyssa Nguyen (Project Directors)

This study aims to identify strategies for increasing transfer among “high-leverage learners” in California Community Colleges — individuals who have completed all or most of their transfer requirements, but who do not make it “through the gate” to a university. The study's most recent reports include Students Speak Their Truth about Transfer: What They Need to Get Through the Gate and Transfer Stories and Strategies: How Six Student Groups Experience the Transfer Journey.  

Building Transfer Student Pathways for College and Career Success (2019)

Tackling Transfer (2015-2017)

Community College Research Center (CCRC), Public Agenda, & The Aspen Institute

 

These organizations partnered together to promote the widespread adoption of high-impact strategies for improving degree completion among students who start in community colleges seeking bachelor’s degrees. The main products are a playbook, a self-assessment tool, a leadership curriculum module, a communications plan, and a state and sectoral engagement plan. For phase two tools and resources new in 2021, see the Tackling Transfer webpage. 

Transition and Transformation: New Research Fostering Transfer Student Success, Vol. II (2018)

The Transfer Playbook: Essential Practices for Two- and Four-Year Colleges (2016)

Joshua Wyner, KC Dean, Davis Jenkins & John Fink
 

​The playbook from the Community College Research Center and the Aspen Institute offers recommendations to both policymakers and front-line practitioners for improving transfer now, and guidance on issues needing more attention in the future. The findings and recommendations in this report point to the need for more systemic changes in our national tracking systems and accountability structures to provide more effective incentives to both two- and four-year institutions to support transfer students.

Transition and Transformation: Fostering Transfer Student Success (2016)

Tracking Transfer: New Measures of Institutional and State Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students Attain Bachelor’s Degrees (2016)

Davis Jenkins & John Fink

​The authors of this report analyzed data from the National Student Clearinghouse for over 700,000 degree-seeking students who started at a community college. They defined common metrics for transfer student success including: transfer-out rate, transfer-with-award rate, and transfer-out bachelor’s completion rate. The report breaks out these outcomes by state, in comparison with the national rates.

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