The Arizona Transfer System

Over the past several years, a southwestern state’s Board of Regents has made a concerted effort to strengthen its public university transfer system statewide. The Getting AHEAD project, with funding from the Lumina Foundation, aimed to increase degree attainment and shorten the time to completion by streamlining the transfer process.

The Hezel team partnered with our client to review its processes and measure how well the project was meeting the needs of its students. Our research, which entailed surveying college students and staff, as well as analyzed student completion and retention data, showed an increase in transfers each year since 2006, greater degree completions, and positive attitudes toward the transfer system more generally. Overall, this study helped demonstrate that the client’s transfer system initiatives were effective in creating a successful and efficient educational process for students.