We and the media probably give too much attention to UT-Austin and Texas A&M when it comes to higher education policy, and the various controversies of today in the halls of academe. These two schools are highly selective, research-oriented flagships, striving to be (or stay) included in any purported list of prestigious national institutions with Nobel-quality faculty. Their alumni often have deep pockets, political influence, and a distinct culture. They have endowments better protected than Trump Tower, and worth way more money. We needn’t worry about the Longhorns and Aggies.
Texas students at the baccalaureate level are much more likely to transfer from a community college and attend various regional universities. This is where we should look for a paradigm of how higher education works, or not.
Tarleton State University and its surrounding community colleges give us a peek into this environment. F. Dominic Dottavio is the president of TSU, and has written a nice explanation of various efforts at his school to enhance the efficiency of the transfer experience. It’s in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
You will find in the article the contemporary strategies to reduce the loss of credits that happens too often when students transfer. As we all know, many times students themselves are responsible for credit losses, by changing their minds, avoiding intimidating courses, missing advising sessions, and with countless idiosyncrasies regarding their personal lives. The process will never be air-tight, and probably shouldn’t be.
Nevertheless you can see a pattern in Dr. Dottavio’s article that you may recognize at your school. Perhaps you can get some new ideas as well. The writer addresses articulation agreements, dual credit, advising, and infrastructure. The results at TSU seem impressive. Please have a look.