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On the Rise: Community College Transfer Students Make the Jump to UT in Record Numbers

The number of community college students transferring to UT System institutions grew 11.3 percent from 2008 to 2009, accounting for the largest annual gain in recent memory and showing signs that efforts to boost the number of transfers to the system are bearing fruit.

“We owe it to the state to increase access to college and improve the workforce for the betterment of Texas and these efforts, we believe, are fostering some remarkable strides toward achieving a more educated labor force,” said David B. Prior, UT System executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “As these and other efforts gain more momentum, we expect the number of community college transfers to increase across all Texas public universities.”

In a collaborative effort with the Texas A&M University System and the state’s 50 community college districts, the UT System last September launched Transfer 101 which offers easy-to-use directions for successfully making the transition from community colleges to four-year institutions. Last October – the first full month of its operation after launching – the website recorded 551 hits. In April 2010, the website recorded 5,455 hits. Read more about the UT System’s efforts to ensure success for transfer students.

Texas unveils statewide effort to boost college graduation

Higher education officials throughout Texas have unveiled a new name and logo for a fledgling campaign designed to boost the number of students who transfer into four-year universities.

Transfer 101: From Community College to University is the official name of the campaign. The effort is being backed by the University of Texas System, the Texas A&M University and the Texas Association of Community Colleges.

Research already shows that students who complete their first two years of higher education at a community college and then transfer to a four-year institution are more likely to graduate with a bachelor’s than those who begin their college careers at a four-year university.
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Higher education officials campaign for community college graduates

Higher education officials are pushing to get more community college graduates into the state’s four-year universities.

Officials with the University of Texas System, Texas A&M University System and Texas Association of Community Colleges unveiled the Transfer 101 campaign this month to better explain the transition and to encourage students to move on to additional education.

Studies show that students who complete community college course work before going to four-year institutions tend to graduate at a higher rate than those who begin their college educations at four-year institutions. However, fewer than 20 percent of qualified community college students elect to transfer to universities, according to Martha Ellis, the UT System’s associate vice chancellor for community college partnerships.

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In Texas, Transfer Students Get an Extra Pat on the Back

Three years ago, Sophia Berry was wandering around the University of North Texas campus in Denton, map in hand, trying to find her next class. After spending a semester at a one-building community college, she found the university impossibly spread out. And the social pressures she felt there, among 28,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduate students, were daunting.

Now she is so much at home that she serves as a counselor for incoming freshmen and transfer students, teaching them the university’s fight song and helping them make the transition to a large public college.

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Community College Transfer Initiative Launches New Name, Logo

For months, higher education officials from The University of Texas System and across the state have been developing an initiative that aims to get more community college students to transfer to universities.

Now, the fledgling effort has an official name – Transfer 101: From Community College to University.

Blue and green Transfer 101 logo.

The campaign, which supports a statewide goal to add more university graduates to Texas’ workforce, eventually will include a Web site that provides resources for facilitating the transfer process for prospective university students.

“We know that providing succinct, accurate and easily accessible information for academic planning is vital, and part of what this initiative aims to do is strengthen partnerships so that we increase transfer options for students,” said Martha Ellis, the UT System’s associate vice chancellor for community college partnerships. “We believe developing a strong identity for this initiative is an important first step toward helping students succeed.”

The effort is aimed at community college students because, statistically speaking, those who complete community college and transfer to universities tend to graduate from four-year institutions at a higher rate than those who begin their college educations at four-year institutions. The challenge, Ellis pointed out, is that fewer than 20 percent of qualified community college students elect to transfer to universities.

“Students explain that there is a lack of user-friendly, jargon-free, available information for themselves and their families. For this reason, a public awareness campaign is critical to ensure more students are informed about resources that could help them make a transition from a community college to a university,” Ellis said.

Plans call for each community college Web site in Texas to include the “Transfer 101” logo as a hotlink to the “Transfer 101” Web portal, which will launch in the academic year beginning in fall 2009. Other efforts seek to enhance relationships with the state’s 50 community college districts; develop transfer success action plans, and a public awareness campaign on options for baccalaureate degree completion.

The “Transfer 101” initiative is a collaborative partnership of the UT System, the Texas A&M University System and the Texas Association of Community Colleges, which is a nonprofit association that includes all 50 public community college districts in the state.

About The University of Texas System

The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.5 billion (FY 2009) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Student enrollment exceeded 195,000 in the 2008 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state’s healthcare professionals annually. With more than 84,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

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