College transfer students have been a significant yet understudied student population. Thankfully, recent studies have uncovered valuable findings on transfer students.
In July 2013, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released Baccalaureate Attainment: A National View of the Postsecondary Outcomes of Students Who Transfer from Two-Year to Four-Year Institutions. The report, which tracked more than 230,000 students, included some informative data about students transferring from two-year institutions to four-year institutions:
- 61.6 percent completed their degree at a four-year institution six years after transfer, and 7.8 percent were still enrolled at a four-year institution.
- Those transferring with a two-year degree or certificate graduated at a rate 15.7 percent higher than those who did not (71.6 percent compared to 55.9 percent).
- Those who transferred to a four-year institution within a year of completing their two-year degree or certificate graduated at a rate 26.3 percent higher than those who transferred after more than one year (66.3 percent compared to 40 percent).
Benchmarking yourself against these data and sharing them with institutional constituents pushing for higher completion rates, greater accountability, and affordability could inform the completion agenda, partnerships, articulation agreements, advising, and student support services on your campus.