UMass Amherst, Holyoke Community College applauded for transfer student success

The report highlighted several factors that enhance the UMass Amherst and Holyoke partnership. | File photo

A recent report from the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Columbia University’s Community College Research Center highlighted the strengths of the partnership between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Holyoke Community College.

The report, “The Transfer Playbook: Essential Practices for Two- and Four-Year Colleges,” included the schools amongst its list of the country’s 14 “high-performing” schools in terms of improving outcomes for community college transfer students. It shows that 80 percent of community college students intend to earn bachelor’s degrees when beginning their higher education, but just 14 percent are able to achieve that goal after six years.

The report highlighted several factors that enhance the UMass Amherst and Holyoke partnership, including a connection between honors programs at the schools, the use of data to understand the successes of transfer students and communication between senior faculty and staff at the institutions.

“As with so many success stories, communication is the key,” Jim Roche, Holyoke enrollment management associate said. “The transfer admissions staffs for both HCC and UMass Amherst deserve tremendous credit for how well they have worked together to assure that the students from our institutions have the best transfer experience possible.”

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