|Title:||Retention and Transfer in Colorado's Public Colleges and Universities|
|Author:||Kelly, Patrick J.
As higher education policymakers and stakeholders in Colorado begin to focus more on college completion (rather than just access) to better prepare the state's residents and workforce for an increasingly knowledge-based and globally-competitive economy, it is imperative to support the effort with sound data and information. In Colorado, and across the nation, two of the most critical milestones for college students in their pursuit of a college degree are returning for their second year of study, and transferring from a two- to four-year college for community college students who wish to earn bachelor's degrees. It is not unusual for first-to-second year retention and transfer to dominate much of the conversation about higher education policy.
The purpose of this report is to provide a detailed analysis of retention and transfer for the Colorado public system of postsecondary education.