Community college students: Removing barriers to transfer

A recent article in Education Dive examines barriers for community college students trying to transfer and strategies to remove those barriers. Often students “aren’t aware of their transfer options, but many others intend to transfer to a four-year college or university, only to be surprised, challenged and overwhelmed by the complexity of the transfer process.” Qualitative research found there are distinct patterns for students who did not complete their transfer from the community college to a four year institution. Challenges include the length and complexity of transferring, limited access to academic advisors, and the variety in transfer requirements among institutions. Findings suggest that institutions can better support students with more one on one communication, engage students earlier in the transfer process, and streamlining the steps required to transfer.