Untangling Transfer Who,When, and Why: An Examination of Transfer Patterns and Institutional Supports

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Untangling Transfer Who, When and Why: An Examination of Transfer Patterns and Institutional Supports

Untangling Transfer Who, When and Why: An Examination of Transfer Patterns and Institutional Supports

A survey of AACRAO’s list of member institutions that serve undergraduate students addresses the staffing, practice, policy, and technology associated with the admission and recruitment of all three types of transfer students.

Untangling Transfer Who, When, and Why: An Examination of Transfer Patterns and Institutional Supports

A collaboration between Salesforce and AACRAO

AACRAO Research surveyed international member institutions that serve undergraduate students to capture the institutional nuance in enrollment management practices, the recruiting, admissions, and advising staffing levels, and using technology and admissions policy to support different types of transfer students—traditional-transfer, reverse-transfer, and swirling-transfer students. In regards to these types of transfer, this research addresses the recruitment and admission processes in the presence of:

  • staffing resources
  • technology resources
  • strategic enrollment initiatives

Responses were received from 266 institutions; seventy-eight percent represent undergraduate and comprehensive institutions (n = 210).

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Unless otherwise noted in a specific report, the AACRAO member institution size, type and control categories are based on the following definitions and sources: 
The enrollment value used to delineate the institution's size category is defined as full-time enrollment plus 1/3 of part-time enrollment and is based on the enrollment reported by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). 
Institution type and control values are also defined by and verified through NCES criteria.