Research & Publications
ATI publishes research papers that detail promising and proven strategies for increasing educational opportunities and success for low- to moderate-income students, focusing on national trends and institutional best practices that draw on the expertise of our member institutions.
The Talent Blind Spot
June 27, 2018
Authors: Tania LaViolet, Benjamin Fresquez, McKenzie Maxson, and Josh Wyner, The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program
The Talent Blind Spot demonstrates that, each year, more than 50,000 high-achieving, low- and moderate-income community college students do not transfer to a four-year institution. Approximately 15,000 of these students have a 3.7 GPA or higher, which suggests they could succeed at even the most competitive schools. The report also demonstrates that high-graduation-rate colleges and universities—the American Talent Initiative schools—enroll far fewer transfer students than other four-year institutions. The report offers a path forward based on the work of several ATI member institutions that have demonstrated that creating robust community college transfer success is possible through strong, leadership-drive partnerships, early outreach and advising, and dedicated, holistic supports.
The Talent Blind Spot is divided into two parts.
- The Case for Increasing Community College Transfer to High Graduation Rate Institutions
- Understand the community college transfer landscape at high graduation rate colleges with data from the report.
- Download the companion slide deck to help make a strong case for transfer at your institution (coming soon)
- The Practical Guide to Increasing Community College Transfer to High Graduation Rate Institutions
- Use the “Fundamental Principles” as a strategy audit to assess how your institution compares to others.
- See what is possible by learning from the “Transfer-Friendly Ecosystems” of three exemplary institutions: Smith College, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the University of California-Los Angeles.
- Read the “Transfer Tactics Repository” to access case studies of institutional practices that respond to specific challenges.
With finite budgets and multiple priorities, institutions limit the funds they allocate to need-based aid and other programs that support low- and moderate-income students. Yet even with those constraints, some top-performing colleges and universities have enhanced their commitment to serving low- and moderate-income students, and have found the financial means to do so. This paper profiles five such institutions: Franklin & Marshall College, University of California, Berkeley, University of Richmond, University of Texas at Austin, and Vassar College. The paper reviews increases in aid, support, and opportunity at these schools, and highlights strategies that each has pursued to reallocate funds in ways that are financially sustainable, maximally effective, and broadly supported by institutional stakeholders.
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