Biden’s free community college plan won’t succeed without robust transfer strategies

From Higher Ed Dive: “Of students who started at community colleges the year before the 2008 Great Recession, 33% transferred to four-year universities … Our work examined first-time degree-seeking students who enrolled in the fall of 2007 and went on to transfer to a four-year university within six years. When the Clearinghouse repeated these analyses in later years, they found this rate bottomed out at 29% for students who started in the fall of 2011, in the wake of the recession. … We need to pair a focus on free community college with effective and affordable transfer pathways. We could start by requiring colleges to build clear program maps that lay out which courses students should take at their community colleges, while assuring those credits will fulfill requirements in their chosen majors at four-year universities.”

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