October 15, 2012
Transfer: An Indispensable Part of the Community College Mission
A policy brief prepared by the American Association of Community Colleges examined transfer as a core function of community colleges. It examined multiple facets of transfer, including its role as a pathway to the bachelor’s degree, the mobility of credits between institutions, and current and future challenges associated with transfer. Community colleges play a substantial role in baccalaureate degree attainment. Twenty-eight percent of bachelor’s degree earners started at a community college and 47% took at least one course at a community college. The amount of transfer credit hours accepted by a 4-year institution is directly related to baccalaureate degree completion. The brief highlighted research results showing an 82% bachelor’s degree attainment rate when a 4-year receiving institution accepted all of a community college student’s credits, while 42% earned the degree when an institution accepted only some credits. To read the full report click on the link below.