Power to the Transfer

Power to the Transfer

Critical Race Theory and a Transfer Receptive Culture

Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Diversifying Pathways in P-20 Education

by Dimpal Jain, Santiago N. Bernal Melendez and Alfred R. Herrera

Published by: Michigan State University Press

Imprint: Michigan State University Press

7.00 x 10.00 x 0.00 in

  • ISBN: 9781609176198
  • Published: February 2020


Currently, U.S. community colleges serve nearly half of all students of color in higher education who, for a multitude of reasons, do not continue their education by transferring to a university. For those students who do transfer, often the responsibility for the application process, retention, graduation, and overall success is placed on them rather than their respective institutions. This book aims to provide direction toward the development and maintenance of a transfer receptive culture, which is defined as an institutional commitment by a university to support transfer students of color. A transfer receptive culture explicitly acknowledges the roles of race and racism in the vertical transfer process from a community college to a university and unapologetically centers transfer as a form of equity in the higher education pipeline. The framework is guided by critical race theory in education, which acknowledges the role of white supremacy and its contemporary and historical role in shaping institutions of higher learning.