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Associated Colleges of Illinois
Private Higher Education
Date Approved

Many students view a community college as an entry point to earning a liberal arts degree from a four-year college or university. However, when transferring from a two-year to a four-year institution, students often encounter unanticipated hurdles that can delay or even derail their plans. Studies show that once a student drops out of college, they are unlikely to resume their studies and graduate. In Illinois, three leading higher education organizations are partnering to create an implementation plan to build upon the existing transfer and completion successes and to improve persistence and graduation rates among community college transfer students. The leadership team will create an implementation plan based on the results of extensive research to determine strategies for strengthening and streamlining existing transfer pathways, identifying new pathway approaches, and exploring scholarship support for transfer students. Improved transfer pathways and scholarship support will result in higher graduation rates for community college transfer students.