GAO Report: Students Need More Information to Help Reduce Challenges in Transferring College Credits

September 19, 2017

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Title: Students Need More Information to Help Reduce Challenges in Transferring College Credits

Author: U.S. Government Accountability Office

Date: August 2017

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report on the challenges college students face when attempting to transfer credits.

The report found that between 2004 and 2009, over one-third of all college students transferred at least once, and that in the act of transferring, they lost an average of 43 percent of their previously accumulated credits.

The GAO cited a lack of easily accessible information and understanding by students about their transfer options. The report recommends that colleges be required to disclose on their websites the institutions with which they have an articulation agreement, and to develop a consumer guide for students and families that includes general transfer information.

To download the full report, see the GAO website.

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