College transfer report published

New report focuses on how to increase

the success of college transfer students in Oregon

January 6, 2020, Roseburg, Oregon: Each year, thousands of community college students in Oregon transfer to one of Oregon’s four-year institutions. The experience can be complex and challenging. According to recent data from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, only 63% of community college transfer students complete a bachelor’s degree. The reasons for this range from the financial impacts of lost credits to a lack of support to manage the transition. 

Supporting Transfer Student Success

A new report, Supporting Transfer Student Success in Oregon, examines the positive impact that Oregon’s higher education institutions can play in the state’s college transfer landscape – and the pathway to improvement.  

“While there are certainly barriers for transfer students, there are also positive actions being taken to increase their likelihood of success,” said Denise Callahan, director of postsecondary success at The Ford Family Foundation, which funded the study. “The goal of the research is to highlight policies and practices that could contribute to strong transfer outcomes for Oregonians.”

The report is the result of both qualitative and quantitative research. Case studies at select community colleges and universities in Oregon were used to document promising practices and effective strategies for supporting transfer students.

“We hope that Oregon’s public institutions both see themselves in the findings and learn about new practices, policies, and strategies that may provide opportunities to enhance their current work,” Callahan said. “We recognize that the complexity of the problem requires collaboration. No one institution can succeed alone. By working together, Oregon can be an example of promising practices to support transfer student success.”

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