How one system is solving transfer student success

Collaboration across the state makes transferring easier

Transfers are booming: More students are transferring, and more colleges are focusing on recruiting and supporting these students.

Yet transfer students still face a range of challenges, particularly around taking their credits with them. While roughly a third of students transfer schools, around 40% of transfer students don't get credit for completed courses.

To help more transfer students overcome common obstacles to graduating, colleges in Connecticut are coordinating across the state in a new program, Linda Conner Lambeck writes for the Connecticut Post.

Connecticut State Colleges & Universities recently launched the Transfer Ticket program, which allows students within the system's community colleges to more easily transfer to one of its four-year universities without losing credits or retaking courses. The program represents four years of collaboration between 350 faculty across 17 campuses, and it replaces 1,320 separate articulation agreements.

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Around 800 students are currently signed up for the program and that number is expected to reach 1,000 by the fall.

"This will save the students and the state millions of dollars and remove the largest barrier to community college students completing a bachelor's degree," says John Mullane, a student success counselor at Gateway Community College in New Haven (Lambeck, Connecticut Post, 4/13). 

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