Startling Facts and Figures Regarding Student Transfers

TalkingEDUSmall.jpgKatherine Morgan, a writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education has posted a thoughtful analysis of a report just published by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center entitled “Transfer & Mobility: A National View of Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions “which examines the transfer rates over six years for the cohort entering school in 2008. This is the second study of this type completed by the NSCRC. The previous study was completed in 2006.

Beginning with the startling fact that, of the 3.6 million students who entered college in 2008, more than a third of those student transferred at least once for a total of 2.4 million transfers over the next 6 year period. Morgan takes a close look at the data from a number of interesting perspectives with particular emphasis on the growing number of states moving to a performance based funding model.

Other findings addressed in the article include a comparison with the earlier study and what this trend means in particular to community colleges.

For a link to “Despite Hurdles, Students Keep Switching Colleges” click here.

For a link to full NSCRC report click here.

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