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Bridging the Gaps to Success: Promising Practices for Promoting Transfer among Low-Income and First-Generation Students

Subject: student success
Date: 2009-10-15

From the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education comes this report on successful transfer from two- to four-year public institutions. From the report's summary in the Chronicle of Higher Education: "Every year, thousands of students enroll at community colleges with the intent of transferring to a four-year institution. But many of them languish in developmental-education classes and eventually drop out. The situation is especially acute among minorities and low-income students. "The report, 'Bridging the Gaps to Success: Promising Practices for Promoting Transfer Among Low-Income and First-Generation Students,' highlights the work of six Texas community colleges with higher-than-expected transfer rates among their students . . . " "The report found that the colleges shared three main characteristics: structured academic pathways that aptly prepare students to enroll at four-year colleges, a student-centered culture that emphasizes personal attention, and culturally sensitive leaders who understand the backgrounds of their students."

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