- According to new Clearinghouse Research, colleges and universities lost about 191,500 transfer students in the 2020-21 academic year, which is almost three times greater than the previous year’s decline of 69,300 students.
- According to the report, of transfer saw declines, but some held up better than most. Upward transfers — students moving from two-year schools to — were relatively stable, declining only about 1.3%.
- Meanwhile, lateral transfers, or those between the same level of institutions, fell by 11.9%. And reverse transfers, from four-year , slid 16.2%.
The Clearinghouse report paints a bleak picture of student mobility in the, with transfer enrollment falling 8.4% from the year before. That’s more than double the , which slid 3.7%.
Disparities were stark. Enrollment of Blackfell the most out of the racial and ethnic categories the Clearinghouse tracks, dropping by 12.9%. White and Latinx students , falling 9.1% and 8.4%, respectively.
of men fell 12.1%, more than double the rate of decline for women, whose transfer enrollment shrank 5.8%. Although upward transfer fell slightly, reductions weren’t seen . Upward transfer at highly selective institutions swelled during the , growing 10.3% in the 2020-21 academic year. At these schools, Asian increases, 18.3%, while Black and Latinx transfer students saw 8.7% and 8.2%, respectively.
Although increases in upward transfer into highly selective, disparities between these schools and others were unexpected, said Doug Shapiro, the Clearinghouse Research Center executive director.
Indeed, upward, with respective declines of 3.5% and 4.4%.
“It was surprising how much more the selective institutions could do in that area than the less competitive institutions that typically admit far more upward transfers,” Shapiro said. He added that highlymay have had a more remarkable ability to reach out to potential transfers and streamline the enrollment process for them.
Thecolleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions. While HBCUs appeared largely unaffected, HSIs by 11.8%.
According to the report, although the, they were largely unaffected among transfer students. However, they fell by 0.9% among students who transferred to highly selective students, which Shapiro said was disappointing.
“In some sense, you could say these were among the most resilient students willing and able to transition like this from ato a four-year institution in a pandemic,” Shapiro said. “To see that they were less likely to stay enrolled even one term later is certainly discouraging, but not altogether unexpected.”