There are currently low transfer rates of community college students to four-year universities in Kentucky, despite the significant financial and career benefits of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. According to Kentucky’s data, only 63 out of 500 students who enroll in a transfer pathway obtain a bachelor’s degree within four years of transferring. Black and Hispanic students are even less likely to transfer than white students, indicating a significant racial disparity.
To address this issue, there are several strategies that community colleges and universities can implement together. One of the best methods is to map out major requirements and transfer pathways for students, making it easier for them to follow and understand the transfer requirements. Academic advisors can also help decrease informational barriers and increase on-time graduation rates by over 20%.
Kentucky’s ambitious goal to have 60% of the state’s population earn a post-secondary degree or credential by 2030 depends heavily on the community college transfer pathway to four-year universities. To achieve this goal, it is crucial to connect the path between universities and community colleges and focus on reducing the time spent in school for students. By implementing these strategies, Kentucky’s transfer rates are sure to increase, making it easier for students to achieve their academic and career goals.
Source: Kentucky Student Success Collaborative