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

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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.