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Advancing Equitable Transfer

In the wake of the pandemic and ongoing racial injustice, creating equitable approaches to postsecondary pathways is essential. 

We know that transfer between community colleges and four-year institutions is a key pathway towards economic and educational equity – but understanding how transfer works and who is supported by transfer is complex due to various pathways, policies and programs available to students.

In recent years, the Belk Center has worked with the University of North Carolina System Office to explore trends, outcomes and opportunities for two- and four-year institutions to better promote transfer practices that facilitate equitable outcomes various student populations, including, Black, American Indian and Latinx students, Pell Grant recipients, and students who transfer from a community college to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Our team has also closely examined the existing Comprehensive Articulation Agreement and how it could be improved in the future to achieve better and more efficient graduation rates and more equitable outcomes by race, gender and socioeconomic status.

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The Belk Center constantly strives to identify and address the most pressing transfer questions with a primary aim of informing transfer policy decision-making in North Carolina. 


10,000+ students

The number of students who transfer from a NC community college to a UNC System institution each year

2,000 students

The number of additional students estimated to transfer to one of North Carolina’s independent colleges and universities each year