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Virginia Highlands Community College


Every four-year college and university in the Commonwealth that offers undergraduate programs has some kind of transfer agreement with Virginia's public two-year colleges. Transfer offers an affordable entry point to higher education with a variety of benefits to the student beyond cost. These benefits include additional academic support for those who may not feel "college-ready" or for those who are several years beyond high school graduation. Another benefit is that every Virginian is within an hour drive of a community college - one does not have to "go away" to go to college.

Transfer, though, is not seamless. In order to improve student success, and recognize when and where success is occurring, two-year colleges that produce transfer students and four-year colleges that receive them, need to be in a partnership to provide feedback to one another. This report is designed to provide that feedback, primarily to the two-year colleges, however, four-year colleges will find these data useful as well.

Each section below provides an overview of a specific aspect of transfer. There are links embedded to guide the user to greater detail.


Numbers of Transfers


The number of transfers annually from a two-year college, is an important base from which to begin analysis. We break those annual totals down into broad categories of race/ethnicity (majority students, students of color) and subdivide those by gender. In this way we develop a sense of the scope overall trends of transfer over eight eight years. Please note that there is always a lag in the most recent year of data available since students starting college in the spring semester are included in these cohorts and annual enrollment files are reported well after the fact.
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Virginia Highlands Community College

Students Transferring into Virginia Highlands Community College in the Fall and Spring of the Designated Year


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2014-152015-162016-172017-182018-192019-20
a. Total Transfers927193878976
b. Men - Total312539353629
c. Women - Total614654525347
d. Majority Students - Total866888838067
e. Majority Students - Men282236343128
f. Majority Students - Women584652494939
g. Students of Color - Total635499
h. Students of Color - Men333151
i. Students of Color - Women302348

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Where did they Transfer?


The next question of interest "Where did they Transfer" is answered below, also with annual counts. This provides important information to the two-year college and the public about the predominant transfer routes taken by students.
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Virginia Highlands Community College
All Students
Students Transferring from Virginia Highlands Community College
in Fall and Spring of the Designated Year



Color variation represents the low to high variation within each column.

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2014-152015-162016-172017-182018-192019-20
Public Institutions
George Mason University (details)022100
James Madison University (details)401202
Old Dominion University (details)6610967
Radford University (details)9131212119
University of Mary Washington (details)010000
University of Virginia (details)121311
University of Virginia's College at Wise (details)1136885
Virginia Commonwealth University (details)444344
Virginia Military Institute (details)000001
Virginia Tech (details)21717121314
William & Mary (details)111010
Total Public Four-Year Institutions (details)573953504443
Private Institutions
Averett University (details)000001
Bluefield University (details)11481286
Bridgewater College (details)100000
Emory & Henry College (details)151221121914
Ferrum College (details)210000
Hollins University (details)000100
Jefferson College of Health Sciences (details)010010
Liberty University (details)51411111512
Randolph-Macon College (details)000100
Roanoke College (details)000020
Southern Virginia University (details)000000
University of Lynchburg (details)000000
Virginia Intermont College (CLOSED) (details)000000
Averett University Non-Traditional (details)100000
Total Private, Nonprofit, Four-Year Institutions (details)353240374533

Starting cohorts of fewer than 10 are excluded from reporting.
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Status and Accomplishment at Transfer


Not unlike students who are first-time in college, transfer students arrive at four-year institutions with a variety of backgrounds and needs, and a collection of credits that may, or may not, have been well-chosen for ultimate success as transfer student into a bachelors degree. In this next table we observe some of these characteristics.
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Virginia Highlands Community College
All Students
Students Transferring to Virginia Highlands Community College in the Fall and Spring of the Designated Year

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Degree Completion2014-152015-162016-172017-182018-192019-20
Summary Totals
New Transfer (All)927193878976
Student Demographics
New Transfers, Age 17 to 19 yrs 1051013199
New Transfers, Age 25 yrs and Older212224242018
New Transfers, Age 20 to 24 yrs614459505049
Financial Aid Programs at Entry
New Transfer with Pell56364950493
Student/Family Income at Entry
New Transfer, Family Income $0 - $49,999 50354748302
New Transfer, Family Income $50,000 - $99,99924141721312
New Transfer, Family Income $100,000 - $149,99978148100
New Transfer, Family Income $150,000 and Greater337130
New Transfer, Family Income Not Reported811891572
Student Effort and Progress
Students earning 06 credits or fewer in First Year421252
Transfer-specific Characteristics
CC Transfer Students with 15 CC credits or Fewer111423111511
CC Transfer Students with between 16 and 30 CC credits15103151915
CC Transfer Students with 31 CC credits or Greater (No AA)200015
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer523350463927
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer, 2 or fewer years prior to Transfer493248413525
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer, 2.01 to 5 years prior to Transfer312532
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer, 5 or more years prior to Transfer000010
AAS Awarded Prior to Transfer (Occ/Technical)111211161212

Starting cohorts of fewer than 10 are excluded from reporting.
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First Year Retention of Transfer Students


Using the same characteristics provided in the previous table, we now look at how these students fair in terms of retention into the second year of enrollment. Since the cohorts below include students transferring into the four-year institution in both the fall term and the spring term, we count a student being retained as a fall transfer enrolling in the subsequent fall, and a spring transfer enrolling in the subsequent spring. While this may miss some students who demonstrate a more intermittent style of enrollment, those students will ultimately be counted in the completion rates - assuming, of course, they complete a degree.
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Virginia Highlands Community College
All Students
Students Transferring to Virginia Highlands Community College in Fall and Spring of the Designated Year, Retention into Second Year

Color variation represents the low to high variation within each column.

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Subcohort2013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
Summary Totals
New Transfer (All)(detail)84%70%75%75%76%70%
Student Demographics
New Transfers, Age 17 to 19 yrs (detail)80%90%100%85%89%
New Transfers, Age 25 yrs and Older(detail)90%52%68%50%67%25%
New Transfers, Age 20 to 24 yrs(detail)83%72%77%81%78%80%
Financial Aid Programs at Entry
New Transfer, Full-time with CTG or CTG Plus (Transfer Grant)(detail)79%87%77%92%
New Transfer with Pell(detail)82%61%72%67%68%73%
Student Effort and Progress
Students earning 06 credits or fewer in First Year(detail)
Transfer-specific Characteristics
New Transfer with CTG or CTG PLUS (2010-11 forward)(detail)79%87%77%92%
CC Transfer Students with 15 CC credits or Fewer(detail)80%55%79%87%82%60%
CC Transfer Students with between 16 and 30 CC credits(detail)75%73%70%67%95%
CC Transfer Students with 31 CC credits or Greater (No AA)(detail)
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer(detail)86%71%88%80%80%85%
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer, 2 or fewer years prior to Transfer(detail)87%76%87%81%83%89%
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer, 2.01 to 5 years prior to Transfer(detail)
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer, 5 or more years prior to Transfer(detail)
AAS Awarded Prior to Transfer (Occ/Technical)(detail)82%50%27%69%8%

Starting cohorts of fewer than 10 are excluded from reporting.
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How Many Completed a Four-year Degree?


As a starting point, we look at the percentage of students in each cohort/subcohort that complete a four-year degree within four-years of transfer. Four years is chosen to provide a parallel equivalent to the six-year graduation rate used for bachelors degree-seeking students. In the available detail tables, we track student success out to 10 years post-entry.
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Virginia Highlands Community College
All Students
Four-year Completion Rates of Students Transferring to Virginia Highlands Community College in Fall and Spring of the Designated Years
All Students

Color variation represents the low to high variation within each column.

Outcomes of cohorts with fewer than 10 students are excluded from display (blank cells).

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Four-year Completion Rates
Degree Completion2012-132013-142014-152015-162016-17
Summary Totals
New Transfer (All) (detail)42%67%64%70%72%
Student Demographics
New Transfers, Age 17 to 19 yrs (detail)56%50%100%100%
New Transfers, Age 25 yrs and Older (detail)19%71%57%45%42%
New Transfers, Age 20 to 24 yrs (detail)46%69%61%82%80%
Financial Aid Programs at Entry
New Transfer, Full-time with CTG or CTG Plus (Transfer Grant) (detail)64%87%
New Transfer with Pell (detail)43%71%59%58%67%
Student Effort and Progress
Students earning 06 credits or fewer in First Year (detail)10%
Transfer-specific Characteristics
New Transfer with CTG or CTG PLUS (2010-11 forward) (detail)64%87%
CC Transfer Students with 15 CC credits or Fewer (detail)19%70%73%64%65%
CC Transfer Students with between 16 and 30 CC credits (detail)45%56%67%60%
CC Transfer Students with 31 CC credits or Greater (No AA) (detail)
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer (detail)62%65%67%88%86%
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer, 2 or fewer years prior to Transfer (detail)57%66%67%87%85%
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer, 2.01 to 5 years prior to Transfer (detail)
AA/AS Awarded Prior to Transfer, 5 or more years prior to Transfer (detail)
AAS Awarded Prior to Transfer (Occ/Technical) (detail)12%45%50%36%


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