March 1, 2019
The following paper will examine the experiences of rural community college transfer students who later attend four year institutions with no established Transfer Receptive Culture (TRC). Using current literature and applicable theoretical frameworks as lenses to address the barriers transfer students encounter, the goal of this paper is to curate a list of recommendations for institutions who are considering establishing TRC. The findings within the collected literature can be used to justify appropriate funding and the need for the cultivation of TRC at institutions with high transfer rates. Furthermore, there will be an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the recommendations and approaches the current literature suggest implementing. Lastly, using the current literature to inform practice, a description of the pilot study I conducted, and the findings detailed. This study looked at the experiences of rural community college transfer students who attend four year institutions with no established TRC.