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American Indian College Fund Develops Transfer Data Guidebook for TCUs

The American Indian College Fund (College Fund) has released a "Transfer Data Guidebook for Tribal Colleges and Universities," marking the conclusion of a three-year research endeavor funded by a $625,000 grant from the Educational Credit Management Corporation.

This initiative focused on enhancing student achievement through the establishment of a cohesive transfer system across the seven Montana tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). The guidebook aims to facilitate supported educational pathways from certificate to baccalaureate degrees, facilitating smooth transfers among the Montana TCU institutions to ensure timely degree completion. It offers valuable insights for TCUs seeking to enhance their student transfer data and processes.

Given that nearly 40% of college students transfer at least once during their academic journey, transfer students represent a significant yet often neglected demographic in the educational landscape. The prevalent route for transfer students is from a two-year college to a four-year institution, with many being first-generation and students of color. Unfortunately, studies indicate that a majority of transfer students lose approximately 37% of their college credits upon transferring. These challenges are particularly pertinent for TCUs, which primarily offer associate degrees to communities predominantly composed of Native and first-generation students.


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