Most community college students who plan to earn a bachelor's degree transfer to public universities. However, a new trend is worth watching. Private institutions are now openly recruiting students at two-year schools, according to an article by Jon Marcus in U.S. News and World Report.
The recent closure of Sweet Briar College, in Virginia, was "the canary in the coal mine," as the article quotes one official, sending shock waves through private liberal arts schools, many of which suffer from declining enrollments and financial difficulties.
In March, nine historically black colleges and universities—including Fisk University in Tennessee, Tuskegee University in Alabama, and others located in the South—reached a deal with community colleges in California to accept transfer credit beginning this fall. And some private colleges have opened offices on community college campuses, the article reports.
Obviously, financial aid is an important component of all this, as well as determining which courses transfer to the private institutions, which often have idiosyncratic curricula. As you might expect, it's complicated, but nonetheless interesting.
Texas is known for its common core and impressive network of articulation agreements involving community college transfers—traits that might contribute potentially to an expansion here. If you take, say, the Dallas County Community College District, with its massive enrollment, you can see how a small liberal arts college would be interested in establishing a physical presence for recruiting.
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