Collaboration with community colleges for transfer students.

Students don’t continue on when transfer credits “lost.” When credits are lost, students often take on more debt and spend more time retaking courses. They may use up the federal loans they’re eligible for or just get discouraged and drop out. That’s one reason that while 80 percent of students attending community colleges say they’d like a bachelor’s degree, only 14 percent have one six years later, according to Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. The NOVA-George Mason partnership offers a single point of entry for admissions, advising, and financial aid. Students starting out at NOVA are assigned success coaches who stick with them through graduation. Students declare a major from the start so all of their courses will count, and they won’t waste time and money taking a lot of classes they don’t need to graduate.

Mangan, K. (2018). These 2-Year and 4-Year college partnerships keep students from falling through the cracks: Collaboration between community colleges and 4-year institutions.  Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from