Community College Transfer

Preparing students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs is a key component of community colleges’ core mission. Yet the transfer process often fails to serve students. While most students who begin community colleges intend to get a bachelor’s, few actually do. Aspen supports leaders of community colleges and four-year institutions in improving transfer student outcomes through qualitative and quantitative research, convenings, and curricular resources.

Our Projects

Tracking Transfer: Research on Student Outcomes

Transfer Playbook and Tools for Colleges

Transfer Workshop Convening Guide

Tackling Transfer: Supporting Effective Practice in 3 States

Transfer Intensive


Transfer Students at a Glance
Insider Higher Ed: Articulation Agreements Are Just a Small Part of the Answer
Responding in the Moment: How to Build a Better Transfer System
RealClearPolicy: Don’t Let Transfer Students Waste Time and Money
Tackling Transfer: A Guide to Convening Community Colleges and Universities to Improve Transfer Student Outcomes
Tracking Transfer: New Measures of Institutional and State Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students Attain Bachelor’s Degrees
Transfer Playbook: Essential Practices for Two- and Four-Year Colleges
Chronicle of Higher Education: These 2-year and 4-year college partnerships keep students from falling through the cracks
Our work on transfer is made possible by generous support from
Ascendium, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.
Contact us for more information.
Tania Nguyen LaViolet, Associate Director