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College Transfer Pathways Project Recap

In our 2015 College Persistence report, PASE outlined the role afterschool plays in ensuring that students get to and through college. Extending that work, through a grant from the Teagle Foundation, we further explored afterschool's role in the college transfer pathway.

Reflections on Practice

During the fall of 2020, PASE facilitated three Reflections on Practice to continue gathering insights and best and promising practices for supporting the college transfer pathway. Thirty-four individuals representing thirty-one organizations participated in the discussions. In attendance were leaders and educators from youth-serving, community-based organizations, higher education administrators and faculty, directors, and program managers from philanthropic foundations. Learning from these sessions informed the content of a forum held in March 2021.

Upon entering college, a huge majority of freshmen (87% of freshmen at CUNY) want to get a Bachelor's Degree but 6 years later, only about 16% have attained it. There is a leaky transfer pipeline.

— Dr. Logue


Late winter 2021, PASE hosted a forum that highlighted best and promising practices for working with transfer college students. The forum, attended by over 85 community-based organization leaders and educators, higher education administrators and faculty, funders, and department of education personnel, opened with a conversation with Dr. Alexandra W. Logue a research professor at the Center for Advanced Study in Education, Graduate Center, CUNY. Dr. Logue discussed the barriers to successful college transfer, shared recommendations for better advisement, and highlighted research that debunks some myths about the college transfer pathway.

View recording - registration required. The recording includes opening remarks from PASE and the Teagle Foundation. Begins at the 00:14:10 mark.

We need to center the [transfer] conversation and our success work needs to include this - because this is the pathway our students are using.

— Angela Bonato

Panel Discussion with CBO Leaders

The morning also included a panel discussion with community-based organization leaders Angela Bonato, The Fresh Air Fund, Jonathan Chavez, Cypress Hills Local Development Corp, and Emily Jimenez, Queens Community House. Panelists shared best and promising practices for working with college students to support the college transfer pathway, identified obstacles to the transfer process that can derail college students, and suggested ways that college campuses can become more college transfer-friendly.

View recording - registration required. The recording includes opening remarks from PASE and the Teagle Foundation. Begins at the 01:21:12 mark.

Lunch & Learn Mini-Workshops

The day ended with a round of Lunch & Learn mini-workshops.

Transfer Explorer (TREX): Taking a Bite Out of Transfer Credit Misinformation

Led by Chris Vickery, Queens College and Cindy Le, Ithaka S+R, this session highlighted a vital tool in any transfer arsenal. Transfer Explorer (T-Rex) allows students, faculty members, and counselors an opportunity to see how CUNY credits transfer from one CUNY college to another. Participants in this session learned more about the tool and how to best advise students on transfers, reverse transfers, and countering transfer credit misinformation.

View recording - registration required.

TransferNation: Supporting Transfer Success with Peer Mentors

Led by Lisa J. Schwebel, PhD, Brooklyn College, this session looked at the role of peer mentoring in supporting student success particularly in the arena of transfer students. Examining Brooklyn College’s peer mentoring practices for incoming transfer students, Lisa shared the rationale and structure for the program. Participants in the session explored how these practices might be adopted, and adapted, for use in their organization.

View recording - registration required.

Transfer 101

Led by Jesus Lara, New Settlement Apartments College Success Program, this session provided an overview of transfer best practices and covered key strategies for helping college students with the transfer process including core programmatic activities, and advisement best practices.

View recording - registration required.

PASE's project on Afterschool's Role in Supporting the Transfer Pathway to the Baccalaureate included three Reflections on Practice and a Forum. Below find a recap and highlights from the events, including links to resources, video recordings available on-demand via registration, and a brief that summarizes learnings.


We gratefully acknowledge the 50 individuals who participated in this initiative, sharing their organizational expertise around the college transfer process, and representing youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, Higher Education, and philanthropy. The organizations they represent are listed below.

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM)

Brooklyn College, CUNY



Charles Hayden Foundation

City University of New York

CUNY Office of K-16 Initiatives

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation


East Harlem Tutorial Program

Figure Skating in Harlem

Graduate Center, CUNY


Hunter College, CUNY

Ithaka S+R

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House

New Settlement Apartments

New Victory Theater

New York University

New York Urban League

Opening Act, Inc.

Phipps Neighborhoods

Police Athletic League

Publicolor Inc

Queens College, CUNY

Queens Community House

Roads to Success

Row New York

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

South Asian Youth Action, Inc.


Student Leadership Network

Teagle Foundation

The Boys' Club of New York

The Fresh Air Fund

The Pinkerton Foundation

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College Transfer Project Brief

Six Takeaways College Transfer

This project brief includes key takeaways from the program and highlights from the forum conversation with Dr. Logue of CUNY Graduate Center. The document also includes questions for community-based organizations to consider when adding transfer conversations and support to their existing college success work to begin assessing their systems, capacity, and expertise—download project brief.

  • Date Posted

    June 24, 2021

  • Author

    Tania Ortiz-Ashby

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