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Author(s):Goldrick-Rab, S., and Pfeffer, F
Title:Beyond access: Explaining socioeconomic differences in college transfer
Short Description:Results from this study indicate that reverse transfer—the move from 4-year schools to community college—is more common among students from less-educated families partly because of lower levels of academic performance during their freshman year. In contrast, students from advantaged backgrounds in terms of class and income are more likely than others to engage in lateral transfer—4-year to 4-year—which may reflect individual preferences for changing colleges rather than a reaction to poor academic performance.
Annotation:Results from this study indicate that reverse transfer—the move from 4-year schools to community college—is more common among students from less-educated families partly because of lower levels of academic performance during their freshman year. In contrast, students from advantaged backgrounds in terms of class and income are more likely than others to engage in lateral transfer—4-year to 4-year—which may reflect individual preferences for changing colleges rather than a reaction to poor academic performance. Implications for policy and practice are discussed in light of the fact that only reverse transfer is associated with lower rates of degree completion.
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Community Colleges
Educational Attainment/College Degree Completion
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Reorienting the HEA reauthorization to reflect what research-based knowledge says about what works
Improving lives through higher education: Campus programs and policies for low-income adults
Access for all? Debating in-state tuition for undocumented alien students
A guide to establishing community-based college access centers
High school graduation rates by race/ethnicity, limited English proficiency, free and reduced price lunch
Do grants matter?
How is school reform tied to increasing college access and success for low income and minority youth
Rhetoric and reality: Effects and consequences of the HOPE scholarship
Debt burden: Repaying student debt
Latinos in graduate education
Middle school practices improve student achievement in high poverty schools
Update: State policies regarding in-state tuition for undocumented students
Inside the black box of high-performing high-poverty schools
Back to school: Federal student aid policy and adult college enrollment
Post-secondary education options for low-income students
Addressing the needs of adult learners
The professional mentor program plus: An academic success and retention tool for adult learners
The College and Financial Aid Guide for Undocumented AB540 Immigrant Students
Guide for parents: Ten steps to prepare your child for college
Condition of education 2007
Rescuing Brown v. Board of Education: Profiles of twelve school districts pursuing socioeconomic school integration
Fact book bulletin: Latest data confirms a college affordability gap for students from middle- and lower-income families
Student loan forgiveness programs
Inventing Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs): The basics
Career development in context: Selected trends in education, economics, labor, and society
The effects of merit-based financial aid on course enrollment, withdrawal, and completion in college
Talent Development Middle Schools
Recession, retrenchment, and recovery: State higher education funding and student financial aid volume II
American Indian higher education consortium
College access: From the inside out