Transfer is an important goal for an increasing number of LRCC students, and the College has put a good deal of effort into developing articulation agreements that facilitate transfer and ensure that transfer students get appropriate credit for the courses they have taken with us. The nhtransfer.org website, a collaborative effort of four-year and two-year institutions is a significant advance and makes it much easier for students to access information on how their community college courses will transfer to various majors and campuses within the State.
The National Student Database has made it easier for us to track students who transfer to private or out-of-state institutions and to develop a more complete picture of our transfer function. However, the fact that many students attend multiple community colleges before transferring and some also have prior university experience makes it difficult to quantify an institution's transfer success. We will need to continue working with our college and university partners to define and clarify the terms of our research.
Our goals are to increase the overall number of transfer students, to increase the range of baccalaureate institutions they attend, and to ensure that LRCC transfer students are as successful as those who begin their college careers at four-year institutions. It is also important that we develop data on the percentage of our transfer students who have also earned an associate's degree. While an associate's degree is not required for transfer, it is usually in a student's best interest to take the associate's degree. Not every transfer student will earn a baccalaureate degree, and even those who do may take years longer than they had planned. An associate's degree ensures that even if they don't reach their ultimate goal, students will have a specific credential in return for their higher education investment.