Transfer Knowledge Hub

W​elcome to NACAC's "Transfer Knowledge Hub" resource, offering research and policy-based guidance for professionals who advise, support and recruit students during all points along students' pathways in postsecondary education. Here you can explore materials that share best practices, browse the latest research and innovations around transfer, and search for legislation on transfer or articulation policies currently in place or being considered. NACAC recognizes the uniqueness of the transfer pathway for many students and the importance of providing a comprehensive approach to support these students academically​, administratively, socially, and financially. 


 New & Noteworthy

  • A new report​ from Education Northwest focuses on problems with credit mobility in 10 states. (May 2016)
  • A new report from The Aspen Institute and Community College Research Center serves as a practical guide to designing and implementing a key set of practices that will help community colleges and their four-year college partners improve transfer outcomes. The playbook is based on the practices of six sets of community colleges and universities that have higher than expected rates of bachelor’s degree attainment for degree-seeking students who start at community college and transfer to a four-year institution. (May 2016)

  • Transfer-NACAC-JKCF-1.pngFrom the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF):  Are your students "Planning to Transfer?"
Use this handout with your community college or high school students who are thinking about transferring to help them plan ahead and consider helpful tips in the process. Check out JKCF's "Planning to transfer" landing page for more helpful tips for students. 

  • A new report from Community College Research Center (CCRC) presents new outcomes data on a cohort of more than 700,000 degree-seeking students who first enrolled in a community college in 2007. (January 2016)
  • The third in a series on reverse transfer policy, the ECS brief, "Reverse Transfer: What is the Best Route to Take?" presents early outcomes data for the 10 states that have implemented statewide reverse transfer policies and offers recommendations informed by prior state actions for states that have yet to enact or implement a statewide reverse transfer policy​.
  • Of all students who earned associate degrees in 2008-2009 ​(as their first postsecondary credential and for which data were reported to the National Student Clearinghouse), 41 percent went on to earn a bachelor's degree within six years, according to a new report​ from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. For those who earned associate degrees at 20 years or younger, over 60 percent went on to earn bachelor's degrees within six years.​ In addition, of all students who earned associate degrees in 2008-2009 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree, two-thirds did so within three years.  (June 2015)
  • A report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that in the 2013-14 academic year​, 46 percent of students who completed a degree at a four-year institution were enrolled at a two-year institution at some point in the previous 10 years.​ The prior two-year enrollment may have been brief (as little as a single course) and the two-year institution may or may not have been the first one the student attended. The report also includes figures on recency and duration of two-year enrollment. (Spring 2015)
  • report​ highlights successes of the City University of New York's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP). After three years, the program significantly increased full-time enrollment and credit accumulation, and almost doubled the rate of graduating with an associate's degree (for low-income students who required one to two classes of remediation). (February 2015) 
  • A new initiative established by Jobs for the Future- the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success- will "identify high-priority policy solutions to the barriers that block community college students from graduating and earning credentials." Over forty leaders will participate in one of four task forces over the next two years focused on: The redesign of developmental education; the design and implementation of pathways to earn credentials; credit transfer between community colleges and four-year institutions; and outcomes-based funding. Learn more​
  • A new report by Complete College America​ reports statistics on on-time graduation rates for associate and bachelor degree students, as well as, offers information on restructing higher education delivery through the use of Guided Pathways to Success (GPS). (Fall 2014)
  • The Completion Arch, a new web-based data tool launched by RTI International, provides easy access to publically-available data about community college student progress and success at the national and state level. Data from IPEDS, BPS, state longitudinal data systems, the Community College Research Center, Complete College America, Achieving​ the Dream, and more are combined in one place to show an array of metrics about community college students.  (Fall 2014) 
  • National Center for Education Statistics report on Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment​. This report looked at a cohort of first-time beginning undergraduate students and found that about one-third transferred or coenrolled at least once during a 6-year period and of the students who did transfer, approximately 32 percent transferred all previously earned credits in the first transfer, 28 percent transferred some credits, and 39 percent transferred no credits (on average, students lost approximately 13 credits following the first transfer). The report also stated that findings indicate "students who follow traditionally articulated pathways in postsecondary education, most notably from 2-year to 4-year institution, are typically able to transfer credits successfully." (Summer 2014) 
  • National Student Clearinghouse Report on Student Mobility​This report includes information on student mobility rate trends broken out by sector, age group and gender over the past few years. Here's a preview: "Just over 9% of all students attended more than one institution during the 2012-13  academic year... In each year studied, the mobility rate was highest for students who began an academic year in a 2-year public institution."​​ ​(​​Spring 2014) 
  • Improving Student Transfer from Community Colleges to Four-Year Institutions​: The Perspective of Leaders from Baccalaureate-Granting Institutions​. This report includes findings from interviews with 21 higher education leaders from four-year institutions ​who work with transfer students in a variety of areas, including recruitment, enrollment planning, financial aid, and student and academic affairs​.