Kentucky’s community college students face a significant obstacle in transferring to four-year universities, with only a small percentage successfully obtaining a bachelor’s degree within four years of transferring. This issue is further compounded by a racial disparity, with black and Hispanic students being even less likely to transfer than white students.

To address this issue, community colleges and universities can collaborate on several strategies to improve transfer rates. Mapping out major requirements and transfer pathways can make it easier for students to understand and follow the transfer process. Additionally, academic advisors can help reduce informational barriers and improve on-time graduation rates by over 20%.

Improving transfer rates is crucial for Kentucky to achieve its goal of having 60% of the state’s population earning a post-secondary degree or credential by 2030. To achieve this, the connection between community colleges and universities needs to be strengthened, and the focus needs to be 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. It is essential to address this issue to ensure that all students, regardless of race or ethnicity, have an equal opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree and the associated financial and career benefits.

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Source: Kentucky Student Success Collaborative

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