Many Texas students transfer between institutions as part of their postsecondary experience. Significantly, 75% of Texas students completing bachelor’s degrees were previously enrolled in a community college. However, transfers between community colleges and universities often result in wasted credits, excess course-taking, increased cost and time-to-degree, and lower college completion rates. At the same time, increasing college completion rates has become a priority for policymakers and institutions in Texas and nationally. Addressing these transfer issues is critical in ensuring students can achieve their postsecondary goals. With a streamlined transfer system, we can increase college completion rates, reduce time-to-degree, and decrease the cost of degree completion and excess credit hours.
Read the full policy brief, prepared by Cindy Alvarado and Amanda Dick, here.
Please note this brief has been updated since the original post date of Feb 2015.