This report explores the demographics of students who transfer from North Carolina community colleges to public four-year institutions in the state and examines bachelor’s degree completion rates among these same demographic groups.
Key findings include:
- Female students, American Indian/Alaska Native students, and Black/African American students comprise a larger percentage of community college students than they do transfer students.
- American Indian/Alaska Native and Black/African American transfer students complete bachelor’s degrees at lower-than-average rates, suggesting that they enter a four-year environment that may not adequately support their success (Jayakumar & Museus, 2012).
- Students who receive Pell funding comprise a greater percentage of transfer students than they do community college students in general, but graduate with a bachelor’s degree at a lower-than-average rate. Asian and Hispanic/Latinx students present similar patterns to students who are Pell recipients.