The success of transfer students is essential to both the educational goals of many states, as well as the well being of students nationwide. The state of Kentucky in particular has placed a lot of importance on supporting transfer students, as their educational needs depend on it. Students across the United States may choose to transfer for a number of reasons, however, the leading cause is to save money. Tuition can be expensive, and those who transfer are more likely to save more money at the start, and potentially make more money in the end.
The problem currently is that too few transfer students are reaching their desired end goal of a bachelor’s degree. The numbers continue to drop, especially as the impact of the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the American higher education system. The commonly known model of transfer students, the 2 plus 2 formula, is declining in effectiveness, and students are facing several obstacles as they attempt to transfer.
Fortunately, there are solutions to connecting the transfer path. Making it easier to join a transfer pathway, increasing access to advising, and making the transfer of credits less of a hassle are just some of the ways that institutions are making changes. Most institutions and education systems on a state level now understand that connecting the path from community colleges to universities is vital to transfer student success. Once those goals are met, the rest can fall into place, allowing students from all backgrounds and areas of interest find a clear path to their bright future.
Source: Kentucky Student Success Collaborative