Elmira College Honored for Exemplary Transfer Pathways

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently named Elmira College to its 2024 Transfer Honor Roll. This distinction recognizes EC for developing academic programs of interest to community college students and providing transfer support, making it easier for those students to earn their four-year degrees.

“We are honored to have been selected again as a Phi Theta Kappa honor roll member,” said Jennifer Robinson, Elmira College Transfer Admissions Counselor. “Elmira College values the great contributions that transfer students make inside and outside the classroom. As we grow our relationships with community colleges we can continue to build seamless transfer processes and strengthen our transfer population."

As an example, EC recently announced a strengthened relationship with SUNY Corning Community College. Graduating students from SUNY CCC are guaranteed acceptance and junior standing. Additionally, EC will provide students transferring from CCC with an Associate’s degree who earn a grade point average of 3.3 or higher a $20,000 Transfer Scholarship. Students transferring with a GPA of 3.2 and lower will earn a $15,000 Transfer Scholarship.

Phi Theta Kappa uses 40 metrics related to the support and success of transfer students, including college cost and financial aid, campus life for transfer, admission practices, and bachelor’s degree completion. Data for the Transfer Honor Roll comes from the National Student Clearinghouse and data submitted through the four-year institution’s profile on PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool designed to help students find their best-fit colleges and career pathways.

Colleges completing the PTK Connect profile are given a Transfer Friendliness Rating. The Honor Roll is chosen from among the top 25 percent of the highest-rated colleges.

Spotlighted at the 2022 American Council on Education (ACE) conference, the Transfer Honor Roll recognizes the importance of creating strong transfer pathways that lead to excellence and success among community college transfer students, and this year’s winners had exceptional outcomes including:

  • Average percent of transfer in undergraduate population – 43%

  • Average bachelor’s degree completion rate among transfers – 66%

  • Average credit transferred toward a degree major and/or plan – 85%

  • Average percent of transfer students receiving merit-based financial aid – 73%

“The goal of most students attending community college is a bachelor’s degree, but few do because of financial barriers and the complexities of the transfer process,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “We are proud to recognize the exceptional colleges and universities that go above and beyond to create accessible pathways to bachelor’s degree completion for community college transfer students.”

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