Enlarging the Transfer Paradigm: Practice and Culture in the American College


  • Howard B. London Bridgewater State College
  • Kathleen M. Shaw Temple University


Community Colleges, Transfers


While urban community colleges enroll increasing proportions of minority and low-income students, their transfer rates remain depressingly low. However their are some urban community colleges where transfer rates exceed the national average by two or three limes. Their approaches to transfers encompass both formal bureaucratic elements and informal, cultural aspects of community colleges. In asking individuals from high-transfer urban community colleges to describe a broad range of successful practices, the guest editors of this volume hope to recognize the complexity of transfer and enlarge the terms in which it has traditionally been discussed.