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


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, ECMC Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.
Contact us for more information.
Tania Nguyen LaViolet, Associate Director