In this new research brief, Carrie Bartek, Ed.D. examines the transfer and partnership practices employed by pairs of community colleges and public universities in North Carolina, which were identified in a companion study as more effective than other colleges in helping transfer students attain bachelor’s degrees.
Specifically, this study explains how and why three pairs of community college and university partners in the state of North Carolina achieved better than expected baccalaureate attainment rates for their transfer students, even before the revision of state articulation policy to improve those rates in 2014.
- Leaders communicate transfer as a priority through their actions
- Leaders focused the institution’s attention and resources on transfer
- Practitioners shared transfer as a value through a culture of care at the community colleges and a welcoming environment at the universities
- Practitioners communicated internally about transfer policies, procedures and outcomes
- Advising was customized for transfer, and often specifically for the institutional partnership, and transfer-specific programs and services are provided by the university.
About the Author:
Carrie E. S. Bartek, Ed.D.: Carrie Bartek is a graduate of the Adult and Community College Education Ed.D. program through the College of Education at NC State. Bartek is the Executive Director of College Initiatives and Assessment at Wake Technical Community College.