Community College Research Initiatives


March 12, 2019

NISTS Conference 2019

Transfer as part of the path toward bachelor’s degree attainment is increasingly more common and often the route taken by underserved students. The recent National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) conference experienced record attendance this year demonstrating an increased interest in studying and sharing best practices on the transfer process and efforts to impact education equity….

February 14, 2019

Data Note 10: Transfer Research and Multilevel Models

Structural, financial, and information barriers at both two- and four- institutions complicate the process of student transfer. Current research on the topic does not adequately address the shared responsibility between these institutions, or examine possible differences in transfer success rates by race. In Data Note 10 of the High-Performing Partnerships (HPTP) study, CCRI researchers contribute to…

January 21, 2019

Understanding Reverse Credit Transfer

The latest studies in the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative examine student perceptions of associate degrees and how reverse credit transfer influences retention and bachelor’s degree attainment.

December 28, 2018

Data Note 7: Characteristics of MIAP students in two states

Multiple paths

Researchers at the University of Washington found that non-linear transfer pathways from community colleges to universities differ by race and Pell grant eligibility. The findings indicate that research about college transfer should more closely examine non-traditional pathways to inform policies and programs that serve these students.

December 14, 2018

Data Note 6: A Typology of Transfer Partnerships

Partnership Continuum

While there is increasing interest in how transfer partnerships between colleges and universities impact student outcomes, a clear definition of partnerships remains elusive. Researchers at the Community College Research Initiative (CCRI) developed a framework that institutions can use to evaluate the quality of existing partnerships, or as a guide for starting new partnerships.

December 3, 2018

Data Note 5: How State Policy Impacts College Transfer Partnerships


Collaboration between community colleges and universities can be supported or inhibited by higher education policy at the state level. CCRI researchers present a case study about Minnesota’s higher education policy, and how it has generally strengthened collaboration.

June 27, 2018

Data Note 4: Joint Staff, Shared Resources Important to Transfer Partnership

While Data Note 1 gave a broad overview of the areas of activity involved in transfer partnerships between two and four-year institutions, Data Note 4 takes a deep dive into the most promising practices. By analyzing the practices of institutional partners in one of the High Performing Transfer Partnerships (HPTP) states, CCRI researcher Lia Wetzstein…

March 27, 2018

Data Note 3: Filling Gaps about Alternate Transfer Paths

Transfer has become increasingly complex as higher education and student demographics change. Even so, most national datasets and existing research on transfer do not unpack this complexity or examine how race/ethnicity may impact the transfer process. In Data Note 3, CCRI researchers begin to fill these research gaps.

February 27, 2018

Data Note 2: Racial Equity as and Transfer Outcome Measure

Research using large-scale national datasets reveals the pervasiveness of the problem of low transfer rates but offers limited information about the underlying reasons for why transfer processes fail, especially for students of color. The tendency to treat transfer and transfer research as race-neutral endeavors masks the extent of inequity in the transfer process. As a result,…

January 16, 2018

Data Note 1: Characteristics of Successful Transfer Partnerships

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As costs of higher education increase, enrollment in community college and plans to transfer are increasingly common. The partnership between two and four-year institutions plays a role in how accessible and effective the transfer process is for students. In 2018, CCRI started a study on High-Performing Transfer Partnerships (HPTP) that advances knowledge about transfer, and…

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