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Statewide guaranteed transfer of associate degrees : increasing access by aligning institutions

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Zeke Perez Jr. Postsecondary and Workforce Development Institute Education Commission of the States Statewide Guaranteed Transfer of Associate Degrees: Increasing Access by Aligning Institutions

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ABOUT ME Introduction:

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Zeke Perez Jr. Born and raised in North Denver Master of Public Policy, DU Policy Researcher at ECS Postsecondary and Workforce Development Institute

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WHO IS IN THE ROOM? Introduction:

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ABOUT THE EDUCATION COMMISSION OF THE STATES Introduction:

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ECS Overview ECS believes that the sharing of policy ideas is one way to support development of sound education policy

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Unbiased Information policies.

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Expertise and Resources We provide expertise and resources on all education issues, from pre kindergarten all the way through college and the workforce.

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OVERVIEW OF THE PRESENTATION Introduction:

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Themes / Takeaways An understanding of trends in state policy A discussion of the potential of transfer policy to increase access and equity

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Roadmap Demographics & HEDS Theme Defining & Locating the Policy Understanding the Policy Data & the Impact of Transfer Campus Climate Equity in Education Engaging Practitioners

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Connection to HEDS Theme

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Demographics and the HEDS Conference Theme:

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So, who is sitting next to you? Part Time Students? Adult Students? Ethnically Diverse Students? Low Income Students?

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So, who is sitting next to you? 61% of community college students are part time students American Association of Community Colleges, 2015

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So, who is sitting next to you? Over half of community college students are age 25+ American Association of Community Colleges, 2015

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So, who is sitting next to you? Two thirds of all low income students attend community colleges and for profit institutions Institute for Higher Education Policy, Access to Attainment, 2014

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Institutional Comparison

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Tale of the Tape 98% In State 79% 69% Part Time 13% 43% Age 25+ 11% 70% White 75% 14% Hispanic/Latino 9% 2% African American 2% 3% Asian 2% 48% Received Pell 24% Data based on IPEDS Fall 2013 Enrollment

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Institutional Comparison

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Tale of the Tape 97% In State 99% 77% Part Time 41% 42% Age 25+ 45% 33% White 61% 26% Hispanic/Latino 21% 15% African American 6% 5% Asian 3% 64% Received Pell 40% Data based on IPEDS Fall 2013 Enrollment

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Institutional Comparison

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Tale of the Tape 98% In State 88% 62% Part Time 24% 47% Age 25+ 24% 63% White 68% 13% Hispanic/Latino 14% 8% African American 4% 2% Asian 3% 59% Received Pell 29% Data based on IPEDS Fall 2013 Enrollment

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WHAT IS GUARANTEED TRANSFER? Understanding the Issue:

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Statewide Guaranteed Transfer Ensure students who have earned an associate degree will have met all lower division requirements and attained junior standing at a public four year institution

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Statewide Guaranteed Transfer Statewide All two year & four year institutions Does not include voluntary agreements or policies applying only to certain systems

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WHERE CAN THIS POLICY BE FOUND? Understanding the Issue:

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Where? 36 states have guaranteed transfer of degrees

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State Example Completion of A.A. or A.S. and transfer of 60 credit hours guarantees junior status

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State Example Wyoming A student who earns an associate degree at a community college is automatically admitted into the university

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State Example Rhode Island Completion of an A.A. or A.S. with a 2.4 GPA at the Community College of Rhode Island assures admission to Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island

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WHY IS THIS POLICY IN PLACE? Understanding the Issue:

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Purpose Bridge institutions Make degree goals attainable Reduce fragmentation in policies

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Students Move Around Over one third of college students transfer before earning a degree

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Who Goes Where Matters Low income students are half as likely as their high income peers to earn a

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WHAT DOES THE DATA TELL US ABOUT IMPACT? Policy in Practice:

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The Role of Two Years in Baccalaureate Attainment Greater completion rates for those transferring with two year degree 72% with to 56% without National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

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Destination Institutions Baccalaureate completion for those who transferred to: Four year Public: 65% Four year Private: 60% Four year For Profit: 35% National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

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GUARANTEED TRANSFER ON CAMPUSES Policy in Practice:

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Qualitative Impacts Concerns of transfer students Differences in academics Campus climate

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Qualitative Impacts Barriers Communication Navigating the system

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GROUP ACTIVITY Share in groups

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WHAT DOES THIS POLICY MEAN FOR EQUITY IN EDUCATION? Policy in Practice:

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GROUP ACTIVITY Share in groups

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HOW CAN PRACTITIONERS ENGAGE IN POLICY IMPLEMENTATION? Policy in Practice:

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Two Year Institutions Policy levers to increase a attainment Policy levers to facilitate transfer Guidance in course selection

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Four Year Institutions Understanding of transfer experience Supports necessary for transfer students

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Transfer Transfer orientation Transfer advisors Transfer checklist

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GROUP ACTIVITY Share in groups

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CONCLUSION AND TAKEAWAYS