This project involved an in-depth, qualitative examination of the types of statewide reforms supported by members of California’s inter-segmental Transfer Task Force, the perceived challenges to enacting these reforms, as well as possible ways of overcoming them. The study culminated in a report titled Reforming Transfer and Articulation in California: Four Statewide Solutions for Creating a More Successful and Seamless Transfer Path to the Baccalaureate. In this report CSCC recommended four top-priority statewide solutions for reforming California’s transfer and articulation system so that it better serves all students: 1) transfer associate degrees; 2) descriptor-based articulation; 3) a statewide online academic planning tool; and 4) shared messaging about transfer and financial aid.
This project was supported by grants from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the California State University Chancellor’s Office, and the University of California Office of the President.
Click here for the full report.
Click here for the executive summary.
The Transfer Assembly Project is the longest-standing study focusing on statewide measures of community college-baccalaureate transfer. Between 1989 and 1997 the project collected data on transfer rates using the following measure: the transfer rate is the percentage of all first-time community college students who complete at least 12 units at that college and who take at least one class at a public in-state university within four years of leaving the community college.
Data were collected from individual institutions within a state, sometimes through the statewide agency, and were aggregated into statewide rates, which were subsequently re-aggregated into annual national transfer rates. Because of confidentiality agreements, data were not published for individual institutions or for the states. Analyses of the changes in the rates, however, indicated that there are larger disparities in transfer rates between institutions within states than there are between states.
The Transfer Assembly Project was supported by grants from the Ford Foundation.
Transfer Assembly publications from selected years can be accessed here: