AUSTIN, TX – Austin Community College has partnered with Texas State University to participate in a new pilot program aimed at helping more students transfer successfully.
The ACC says national data shows that students from communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are struggling to persist through to a four-year college after graduating from a two-year community college.
ACC was chosen among 29 other institutions nationwide to help identify solutions to this growing problem because of the college’s continued success in closing equity gaps, the district says.
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The two institutions are joining forces for the new Transfer Student Success and Equity Intensive — a project founded and funded by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
The intensive provides a unique opportunity for community colleges and four-year institutions to come together to develop and implement institutional policies and practices that ensure equitable access, retention, and outcomes, states the ACC.
The program will run over the next year until February 2023. Teams will receive one-on-one guidance with experts and work to identify, collect, understand and use critical transfer outcomes and fairness data, said the ‘ACC. Teams will also attend monthly sessions focused on co-creating practices and policies to improve transfer student success and equity.
The ACC and the State of Texas were selected from an applicant pool of 97 institutions and three systems from 25 states. Together, these cohorts represent a total enrollment of nearly one million undergraduate students.