AIR conducted an in-depth examination of articulation policies in six states and their 20 institutions of higher education (IHEs). The study findings are based on more than 100 telephone interviews and focus groups with (a) state-level higher education administrators, policy staff, and representatives from articulation oversight committees; (b) senior academic administrators, faculty, and staff from IHEs; and (c) students who had transferred or were planning to transfer between a 2-year and a 4-year IHE within the state. The findings address policy approaches to articulation, governance structures, the roles played by various stakeholders, and supports provided to transfer students.

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In this op-ed, AIR researchers provide three key takeaways for policymakers who want to implement effective articulation policies to help community college transfer students complete their bachelor’s degrees.


This report volume provides state-by-state case studies and technical appendices related to data collection and analysis.


This policy brief summarizes findings about effective articulation policies and practices.


This report volume covers key findings related to statewide articulation and transfer policies, statewide governance and oversight, and implementation at the level of postsecondary institutions.