From Inside Higher Ed:

Community college students can successfully transfer to some of the nation’s most selective four-year institutions and perform as well as those who start as freshmen, if they are given appropriate academic and social support, a new report on a five-year project by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation finds.

The Community College Transfer Initiative, started in 2005, provided about $7 million over four years to eight four-year institutions — Amherst College, Bucknell University, Cornell University, Mount Holyoke College, University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Southern California — in an effort “to promote sustainable, long-term increases in the number of high-achieving community college students from low-income families transferring to the nation’s selective four-year institutions.” These institutions worked with nearby community colleges to eliminate kinks in the transfer process and also offered potential transfers specialized orientation and ongoing tutoring to smooth the transition. In recent years, some of the participating institutions — like Mount Holyoke — have formalized such transfer programs for the long term.

See the whole article for links and details. Can any of our Amherst readers tell us about their program?

My opinions are unchanged. Williams has, historically, made very limited use of transfers. And that is a good thing! We want to maximize the attachment that alumni feel to Williams and the best way to do that is to ensure that all of them are here for four years (or studying abroad with their Williams classmates). Transfers, whether they be from community colleges or Division 1 schools or the Ivy League, will, on average, feel less attachment. So, use those spaces for 4 year students.

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