New Grant from The Heckscher Foundation for Children to Facilitate Credit Transfer

It is a great pleasure to announce that Ithaka S+R (Principal Investigator Martin Kurzweil) and The City University of New York (Principal Investigator Alexandra W. Logue), have been awarded a new 1-yr $483,000 grant from the Heckscher Foundation for Children to implement innovative solutions for the facilitation of credit transfer between Hostos Community College and Lehman College of CUNY. Our name for this project is ACT (Articulation of Credit Transfer).  Nationally, over 80% of new community college freshmen enter college with the goal of a bachelor’s degree.  Six years later, 17% have received one.  A critical piece of successfully traveling through this pipeline is the successful transfer of credits from the community college to the bachelor’s-degree program. ACT will implement and assess the effects of several new methods for facilitating credit transfer. ACT joins our two other grants concerning student transfer (TOP [the Transfer Opportunity Project], which is being conducted in collaboration with MDRC, is funded by the federal Institution of Education Sciences, and is studying the leaky transfer pipeline from community colleges to bachelor’s-degree programs; and GROWTH [Growing Transfer in the Humanities], which is funded by the Mellon Foundation, and is also studying the leaky transfer pipeline but particularly for students interested in the humanities). Additional coPIs include Barbara Condliffe and Rekha Balu of MDRC, and Colin Chellman and Chet Jordan of CUNY.

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