Loyola Marymount University-Los Angeles (LMU-LA) and Whittier College are collaborating with CUE to increase graduation rates for community college transfer students who are enrolled at their institutions. Funded by the Teagle Foundation, the two-year transfer equity pilot project will monitor, assess and improve the transfer process from public two-year colleges to four-year private nonprofit institutions of higher education.
Both LMU-LA and Whittier College have formed evidence teams made up of faculty, administrators, institutional researchers and program staff who will work with CUE on this project. Using the Equity Scorecard™ data and action research tools, team members will examine disaggregated student cohort data from their top feeder community colleges, investigate the barriers to graduation, and identify institutional practices and policies that can be changed to improve outcomes for transfer students.
Intended to help meet the Obama administration’s goal of making the United States the first in the world in college completion by 2020, the demonstration project has taken on an added sense of urgency as public four-year universities have had to cap their enrollments of in-state students due to severe budget cuts. Most private nonprofit colleges and universities can help meet this demand, however, since they have the capacity to enroll more students and want to diversify their student bodies. This pilot project aims to achieve national higher education policy goals by finding ways to expand the transfer pathways, make them more transparent, and improve degree completion rates particularly among underserved, first generation students of color.