University of Redlands

Community College counselors key to easing student transition to four-year institutions

Upward tick in transfer students has counselors looking to strategic pathways to ensure student success

According to the Community College Research Center at Columbia University, one-in-five community college students transfer to a four-year college, yet less than half complete a bachelor’s degree within six years.

In an effort to bridge the gap between transfer and degree completion, the University of Redlands recently hosted “Community College Counselor Day.” U of R admissions staff from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and School of Education met with Inland Empire community college counselors and current transfer students.

Research shows that early planning and continued advising through community college academic counselors can be key to improving student outcomes.

“Counselors are crucial in advising community college students and helping them understand what is available to them as they continue their studies,” says Kevin Dyerly, vice president for enrollment at the University of Redlands. “Efforts such as Community College Counselor Day allow us to share information and help these professionals get a better understanding of strategies and resources they can use to guide their students.”

Community College Counselor Day complements another strategy U of R has adopted to assist transfer students. Last July, the university signed the Associate Degree for Transfer Program (ADT) agreement which guarantees admission to ADT students and accepts a minimum of 60 units as transferrable. The program simplifies the transfer process and welcomes the ADT students as juniors.

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