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Earlier this month, President Obama made an announcement that community colleges should be made free to students in good standing.

This idea evolved out of a proposal from Tennessee,
a state that has been know for experimenting with the relationship between their community college and university systems. On the heels of that announcement, it seems like a good time to reflect on some of the research out there related to community college students and their transfer process to 4-year institutions.

Clark, B. R. (1960). The" cooling-out" function in higher education.
American journal of Sociology, 569-576.
This article gives a historical context of how many university administrators viewed the role junior and community colleges in the higher education system.  Many may say this is an outdated view, but should still be understood because there may be lingering affects of this view in our system and institutions today. 

Center for Community College Student Engagement. (2014).
A matter of degrees: Practices to pathways
High-impact practices for community college student success.

Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin, Program in Higher Education Leadership
This is a great resource of some the effective practices that can help increase student success in community colleges.

Alpern, B. E. (2000). Factors That Influence Community College Transfer Students' Satisfaction with Their Baccalaureate Institutions.
This article is a great resource to frame some of the most pressing topics in understanding a student’s success during their transfer process. 

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