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ACE Webinar: Improving Degree Attainment Rates Among Community College Transfer Students

April 16, 2018


​Register now for an April 24 webinar hosted by ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS) exploring the factors that increase the likelihood of bachelor’s degree attainment for beginning community college students. 

ACE, with support from Hobsons, will host the webinar on Tuesday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  Click here for more information and to register.

Speaking during the webinar will be Jonathan Turk, CPRS senior policy research analyst, who will discuss findings from a recent study that examined the impact of earning an associate degree prior to transfer on the probability of completing a bachelor’s degree. 

Wendy Skibinski, director of college and career readiness in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, will also join Turk in discussing strategies for policymakers and practitioners to help increase degree attainment and reduce the proportion of the population with some college but no degree.

The Impact of Earning an Associate Degree Prior to Transfer: A Look at Recent High School Graduatesis the third paper in a series of studies from CPRS and Hobsons that explore community college student outcomes.

A large and increasing number of students are enrolling in multiple colleges and universities during their postsecondary careers, increasing the need for more focus on better serving and supporting transfer students across the entire U.S. higher education system.

The study showed that earning an associate degree prior to transferring to a four-year institution for recent high school graduates neither increased nor decreased their likelihood of completing a bachelor’s degree. However, the report suggests prospective transfer students may still want to consider completing an associate degree first and offers recommendations for policy and practice to increase degree attainment.

It also revealed that earning a strong GPA while enrolled in community college and the control and selectivity of the four-year institutions students transferred to were among the strongest predictors of bachelor’s degree attainment.

Download the full report here. To read the first two briefs in the series, see:

Identifying Predictors of Credential Com​pletion Among Beginning Community College Students​

Improving the Odds: An Empirical Look at the Factors That Influence Upward Transfer​​​

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