Building Transfer Student Pathways for College and Career Success

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Published: October 2018

172 pp., 6" x 9"
Language: English

Published in partnership with the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students.

Analysis of bachelor’s degree completion suggests that only about a third of college graduates attend a single institution from start to finish. More than one quarter earn college credits from three or more schools before completing a degree. For most, these student-defined pathways lead to increased time-to-degree and higher costs. Many will simply drop out long before crossing the finish line. 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.

Table of Contents:

Janet Marling

Mark Allen Poisel and Sonya Joseph

Chapter 1
Student Transfer and Mobility: Pathways, Scale, and Outcomes for Student Success
Douglas T. Shapiro

Chapter 2
The Tennessee Reverse Transfer Program:A Case Study on Partnerships to Support Seamless Transfer
Nancy Dietrich, Gloria Gammell, and India Lane

Chapter 3
Transfer Readiness: Insights From 10 Years of Intentional Design
Joyce C. Romano and Maria L. Hesse

Chapter 4
Theories, Research, and Best Practices Related to Transfer Student Orientation
Stephanie M. Foote

Chapter 5
Academic Advising for Student Mobility
Carol A. Van Der Karr

Chapter 7
Understanding and Using Assessment Practices in the Context of the Transfer Student Experience
Kristin Moser

Chapter 8
Mark Allen Poisel and Sonya Joseph

Reviews & Endorsements:

"While the vast majority of community college students aspire to earn a bachelor's degree, only a small fraction do. The administrative, social, and academic challenges of transferring between two- and four-year colleges are major sources for this unfortunate paradox. Poisel and Joseph have assembled some of the best researchers and practitioners in the U.S. to provide deeply informative, yet easy-to-understand discussions of key aspects of the transfer challenge and a set of promising solutions. It is essential reading for anyone interested in this crucial topic."

"This book exquisitely captures the thinking of leaders in both transfer research and practice, with insightful examples from exemplary transfer partnerships in Florida and Arizona, pragmatic recommendations for transfer orientation, learning communities, and program assessment, and a terrific review of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center's contributions to what we know about student mobility in higher education."

John Fink, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center

Building Transfer Student Pathways for College and Career Success makes for a great guide for action steps for any institution that has the will to provide justice for transfer students.”

John N. Gardner, Chief Executive Officer, Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Building Transfer Student Pathways for College and Career Success is timely and enlightening. Assembling the contributions of transfer researchers and practitioners from around the country, editors Mark Allen Poisel and Sonya Joseph have created a valuable resource for higher education professionals who wish to enhance their service to and advocacy of transfer students.”

Stephen J. Handel, Executive Director, The College Board

"This work stands out as a refreshing addition to my reading list on student success because it comes from practitioners authentically serving today's students. The authors provide a clear picture of today's student pathways, examples of effective institutional practices, and authentic options to intentionally serve today's students."

Deborah Santiago, Co-Founder, Excelencia in Education

"A great resource based on research, case studies, and best practices for higher education professionals and administrators who are interested in the success of transfer students. In addition to the introduction, this edited book consists of eight chapters, one of which is the conclusion of the book, written by college administrators and faculty who share their experiences and lessons learned from programs and policies for transfer students. Throughout the chapters, this book encourages institutions to approach transfer students early and proactively and to provide student services specifically designed for transfer student populations. It also emphasizes the importance of building and maintaining partnerships across institutions to promote a seamless transition and student success.

This book is timely and informative. Given changing student demographics, dual enrollment programs, and free community college education initiatives, an ever-increasing number of students who move across institutions can be anticipated. It is therefore imperative to help them make a smooth transition and achieve their goals.

The book also extends the discussion of student transfer from an institutional-level matter to one of statewide interest. [It] offers a detailed narrative of how such agreements could be achieved and what needs to be considered in the process, all of which could be highly useful for state-level policy actors.  

All in all, Building Transfer Student Pathways for College and Career Success will be a useful resource for higher education professionals and practitioners who are interested in better serving transfer students. It will be particularly helpful for those committed to identifying and recruiting potential transfer students, developing programs to help them succeed, and creating effective transfer pathways.

- Teachers College Record