In 2016, Greater Texas Foundation announced a grant to Excelencia in Education (Excelencia) to support their research on Latino transfer students. Excelencia conducted extensive interviews with faculty and staff at four pairs of two-year and four-year institutions across the state to learn how Latino students experience transfer and to understand how institutions can best support them before, during, and after their transition.
Excelencia released a report summarizing their findings. The authors of Framing, not Blaming: Improving Latino College Transfer in Texas, call on higher education administrators, faculty, and policymakers to move from blame to shared ownership of Latino student transfer. To support this shift, the authors suggest practical steps institutions can take to:
1) ensure students can apply all the credits they have earned to their degree when they transfer;
2) share data systemically to identify and assist transfer students;
3) provide transfer students and native students with equal access to institutional financial aid; and
4) engage faculty in ensuring credit mobility across institutions and in mentoring transfer students.