Melissa Whatley, Ph.D., Frim Ampaw, Ed.D., and Jemilia Davis, Ph.D., research transfer equity in access and completion for NC community college students
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.