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Recent Transfer Research

Whether you're new to the field or want to take a deeper dive into a specific transfer-related topic, it's hard to know where to start. ​

The breadth of this work can make getting up to speed and finding relevant information difficult, so we've gathered some of our favorite transfer-related research in one place. See below for a list of special journal issues focused on transfer and a scrollable and searchable table of research items. Be sure to check out our list of recent transfer-related books

Start here for an analysis of the literature: 

Taylor, J. L. & Jain, D. (2017). The multiple dimensions of transfer: Examining the transfer function in American higher educationCommunity College Review, 45(4), p. 273-293. 

This article examines the literature on the transfer function in American higher education, and it reviews three primary dimensions of transfer: (a) the transfer function and pathways, (b) transfer access and experiences, and (c) state transfer policy.

Why is research so important?

Peer-Reviewed Journals

New Directions for Community Colleges

Transfer Partnerships for Improved Equity and Outcomes


Volume 2020, Issue 192 (Winter 2020)

Editors: Debra D. Bragg, Theresa Ling Yeh, Lia Wetzstein, and Elizabeth Apple Meza

Community College Review

Transfer Matters


Volume 45, Issue 4 (October 2017)

Guest Editors: Mark M. D'Amico and Matt S. Giani

New Directions in Institutional Research

Studying Transfer in Higher Education: New Approaches to Enduring and Emerging Topics

Volume 2016, Issue 170 (December 2016)

Editor: Xueli Wang

Journal of Community College Research & Practice

New Approaches to Transfer Research: Implications for Policy and Practice

Volume 40, Issue 12 (September 2016)

Guest Editor: Frankie Santos Laanan

New Directions for Higher Education

Collegiate Transfer: Navigating the New Normal

Volume 2013, Issue 162  (Summer 2013)

Editor: Janet L. Marling

Selected Transfer Research

Use the search box below to find transfer-related research articles and reports on specific topics. To recommend an article or report for inclusion, please email nists@ung.edu.