Helping Community College Students Transfer and Attain a Bachelor’s Degree
Helping Community College Students Transfer and Attain a Bachelor’s DegreeKristen Capezza, Executive Director of University Admissions, Adelphi University
We are excited to introduce our Forum 2015 Guest Blogger, Kristen Capezza. Kristen is Executive Director of University Admissions at Adelphi University and president of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling. This is her first time attending Forum. If you're interested in blogging for All Access, please click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 47 percent of college students in the United States are currently enrolled in community colleges.
Take a moment to reflect: What are you doing to serve these students?
As leaders in admission, we carry the immense responsibility of ensuring that today’s transfer students face clear pathways and supportive cradles of guidance, advice, and support. And while our developments have been great, we still have a long way to go.
In a cozy room of professionals focused on the transfer student experience and transfer success, proactive discussions buzzed —sharing exciting developments of community college partnerships, outreach programs, peer mentorships, leadership engagements, and transfer action teams. And yet, in the same breath, there were shared concerns of a lack of resources, inconsistent campus cultures, misinformed college personnel, skewed political pressures, and troubling completion rates.
We are the agents of change. Each of us carries the ability to address these concerns and ultimately enhance the transfer process. What can we do to propel our transfer culture forward and best serve our students? Know our transfer populations – who they are and where they are coming from. Know how they perform and where they need support. Know the trends in success by region and school. Identify the characteristics of successful transfer students and publicly share those commonalities for better preparation of students.
In an age where transferring requires a visionary plan, a supportive structure, and a transparent experience, we are challenged as professionals to be holistic and grand-thinking. We are challenged to build support among our communities and constituents. We are challenged to better facilitate the transfer transition in the hopes that one day, our transfer students will no longer be defined by their educational path.