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North Carolina has robust systems of higher education, including 16 four-year public universities and 58 community colleges, supporting over 10,000 students as they pursue a bachelor’s degree through transfer each year (UNC System Interactive Data Dashboard). The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) partnered with five institutions in the University of North Carolina System - North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State UniversityUniversity of North Carolina Charlotte, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of North Carolina Wilmington - and an evaluation team to examine credit applicability and student outcomes.

The purpose of this multi-institution study was to better understand the relationship between credit alignment based on Baccalaureate Degree Plans, and success outcomes for transfer students, particularly those who earned an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree before transferring to the 4-year institution.

The structure of this report offers an introduction to transfer articulation within the context of North Carolina, describes the project and key points of the study, offers details about the findings and their implications on practice and policy, then provides a set of recommendations.

The data used in this report was developed by a task force of professionals representing the five university participants, including:

  • Dr. Samantha Raynor, (Chair) Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Student Success Initiatives at UNC-Greensboro
  • Dr. Jess Boersma, Associate Dean for Student Success & Applied Learning at UNC-Wilmington
  • Dr. Charles Clift, Assistant Vice Provost and University Registrar, NC State University
  • Amanda Fleming, University Registrar, UNC-Wilmington
  • Dr. John Smail, Dean of University College, UNC-Charlotte
  • Dr. Regina Williams Davis, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, NC A&T State University
  • Dr. Carrie Zelna, Associate Vice Chancellor, NC State University

The report is attached to this blog, but can also be found here.


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Understanding Transfer Credit Efficiency in North Carolina: Connecting Baccalaureate Degree Plans to Transfer Graduation
Tags: North Carolina, Transfer Student Success, Transfer Credit Efficiency, Degree Completion, Belk Center, South Eastern Cluster, Cluster 5

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