Tracking Transfer

College Excellence Program, National Student Clearinghouse, and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University
January 19, 2016

This research report recommends a comprehensive set of five measures as a new way to track which institutions are effective in serving transfer students and which states have a robust transfer pipeline from community colleges to four-year schools. Using this common set of metrics for measuring effectiveness, the report examines the average outcomes for students who first started college at two-year institutions by a variety of institutional characteristics including urbanicity, student body socioeconomic status, selectivity (at four-year institutions), and state.