Alamo Colleges Expands Transfer Compact Partnership

September 23, 2019

 

Eight Texas universities join initiative to save students time and money by increasing the efficiency of the transfer process.

The Alamo Colleges District hosted the annual South and Central Texas Transfer Compact meeting today – bringing together leaders from colleges and universities across Texas as part of a collaborative effort to increase the ease of efficiency of transferring to a four-year college or university for both the Alamo Colleges District and Austin Community College District students. The addition of eight new universities – Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University Kingsville, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Angelo State University, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – brings the partnership to 20 total members.

“We are thrilled to continue this cooperative effort and welcome new universities to this important partnership,” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores. “About 80 percent of Alamo Colleges’ students plan to transfer to universities to complete their degrees, the creation of this guided pathways model will ease the process and save students time and money while enhancing overall their college completion and career readiness.”

The South and Central Texas Transfer Compact was initially formed to address the fact that 80 percent of community college students in Texas plan to transfer to a university, but only 20 percent actually do. Further, two out of five Texas community college students lose all of their credits when they transfer.

The South and Central Texas Transfer Compact streamlines the transfer process through the creation of Transfer Advising Guides (TAGs). TAGs provide Alamo Colleges’ students with an outline of a transfer advising guide offered at a South and Central Texas Transfer Compact partner institution, so they take only the courses they need and they can be sure that when their credits transfer the credits are degree applicable. TAGs also provide students with valuable information including special requirements, deadlines, and considerations for transferring. The Alamo Colleges District currently has more than 1,200 TAGs and Workforce Degree Plans (WDPs) completed and available for students.

The South and Central Texas Transfer Compact’s approach reflects the latest research, which supports the use of guided pathways to positively impact student completion and success. Guided pathways benefit students in several ways – with a clear goal in mind, students are more likely to complete their degree and/or transfer to a university and then be prepared for career success. Additionally, guided pathways allow students to save money by reducing or eliminating courses taken that do not count toward a desired degree or will not transfer. Guided pathways also reduce the cost of educating students and improve the pipeline of skilled workers in high demand, high wage fields.

To date, 70 percent of all TAGs created provide students a transfer pathway with less than 3 semester credit hour (SCH) loss, where students on average, in Texas, lose 24 semester credit hours. As a result, TAGs have yielded an average student savings of more than $8,800 at a public university and more than $52,000 at a private institution.

At the Alamo Colleges, the guided pathway model has been implemented through AlamoINSTITUTES, which organizes all courses into six groups directly related to career goals. All degrees and certificates offered throughout the five Alamo College campuses have been organized into ten areas of study and program maps have been created for all degrees and certificates that include both career and transfer information. 

The South and Central Texas Transfer Compact complements the district’s focuses on recruiting, enrolling, and graduating students from instructional programs that are aligned with high-demand occupations and career pathways.