- According to new Clearinghouse Research, colleges and universities, we lost about 191,500 transfer students in the 2020-21 academic year, almost three times greater than the previous year’s decline of 69,300 students.
- According to the report, every type of transfer saw declines, but some held up better than most. Upward transfers — students moving from two-year schools to — were relatively stable, declining only about 1.3%.
- Meanwhile, lateral transfers, or those between the same level of institutions, fell by 11.9%. And reverse transfers, from four-year colleges to two-year schools, slid 16.2%.
The Clearinghouse report paints a bleak picture of, with transfer enrollment falling 8.4% from the year before. That’s more than double the , which slid by 3.7%.
Disparities were stark. nrollment of Blackfell the most out of the racial and ethnic categories the Clearinghouse tracks, dropping by 12.9%. Hite students Hitetinx students also saw sharp declines, falling 9.1% and 8.4%, respectively.
Transfer enrollment of men fell 12.1%, more than double the rate of decline for women, whose transfer enrollment shrank 5.8%.
Although upward transfer fell slightly, declines weren’t seen across the board.
Upward transfer at highly selective institutions swelled during the, growing 10.3% in the 2020-21 academic year. t these schools, Asian increases, at 18.3%, while Black and Latinx transfer students saw 8.7% and 8.2%, respectively.
Although increases in upward transfer into highly selective institutions were a “bright spot” in the report, disparities between these schools and others were unexpected, said Doug Shapiro, the Clearinghouse Research Center executive director.
Indeed, upward transfer “dropped substantially” at competitive and less competitive schools, with respective declines of 3.5% and 4.4%.
“It was surprising how much more the selective institutions could do in that area than the less competitive institutions that typically admit far more upward transfers,” Shapiro said. he added that highlymay have had a more extraordinary ability to reach out to potential transfers and streamline the enrollment process for them,
Theand universities and Hispanic-serving institutions. Hile the HBCUs app Hilelargely unaffected, HSIs saw transfer enrollment fall by 11.8%.
According to the report, although the pandemic was expected to disrupt students’ persistence rates, they were largely unaffected among transfer students. owever, they fell by 0.9% among students who transferred to highly selective students, which Shapiro said was disappointing.
“In some sense, you could say these were among the most resilient students willing and able to transition like this from ato a four-year institution in a pandemic,” Shapiro said. To see that they were less likely to stay enrolled even one term later is certainly discouraging, but not altogether unexpected.”