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Author(s):Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Title:Transfer access to elite colleges and universities in the United States: Threading the needle of the American dream
Organization:Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Short Description:This paper examines the economic, informational and cultural barriers to community college student transfer access to selective institutions.
Annotation:Many doors remain closed to even the most talented low-income community college students, especially their ability to transfer to the country's most selective four-year institutions. This paper examines the economic, informational and cultural barriers to community college student transfer access to selective institutions. In addition to an executive summary, the report is seperated into the following four sections: (1) National Estimates of Transfer Access and Baccalaureate Degree Attainment at Four-Year Colleges and Universities; (2) Community College Transfer Students at Selective Colleges and Universities in the United States: An Estimate of the Two-Year Transfer Population at Elite Institutions and of the Effects of Institutional Characteristics on Transfer Access; (3) The Life Histories of Ten Individuals Who Crossed the Border between Community Colleges and Selective Four-Year Colleges and (4) Practices Supporting Transfer of Low-Income Community College Students to Selective Institutions: Case Study Findings.
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Affordability, Tuition and College Costs
College Access
Community Colleges
Low-Income Students

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