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Problematizing and Prioritizing to Reframe Transfer Research

Sat, November 11, 12:00 to 1:15pm, Marriott Marquis Houston, Floor: Third, Tanglewood


This paper will present the guiding questions, design and methods used in a current large-scale national study of transfer called High Performing Transfer Partnerships. The study uses a mixed method design involving student-level data from the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) impact study in eight states (see Taylor et al., 2017). The study uses student-level outcomes data to identify pairs of institutions (community colleges and universities) within states that report promising outcomes for underrepresented transfer students, and it also involves qualitative data collection including site visits to institutional pairs to understand the transfer experiences of underrepresented students. Through site visits and interviews of these students, the paper explains how an asset perspective is used to frame the High Performing Transfer Partnership study by focusing on institutional pairs that are show positive outcomes for underrepresented transfer student. An important aspect of this inquiry is how structures, policies, cultural norms, and practices within and across partnering institutions reinforce or dispel the deficit perspective.