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Exploring Transfer - Breaking Down Barriers and Opening Doors

For 1st generation students programs that open the door to possibilities and facilitate access to further education are key.

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"You may know that some opportunities exist but you don't even think that they are available to you, and in a way the Exploring Transfer program gives you the key to get to those doors and to actually open them." Y. Martin, PhD   ______________________________________________________________________________________ 

"For thirty years, the Exploring Transfer (ET) program at Vassar College has successfully introduced community college students to the possibilities of transfer to a wide range of four-year colleges and universities.  ET students all of whom are first generation to college, have gone on to complete bachelors degrees at colleges in the city and state university systems, and have also transferred and flourished at private selective higher education institutions….(Columbia University, Yale University, Middlebury College, Vassar etc.)

The program is designed to provide an introduction to the intensive study of the liberal arts to community college students who are pursuing associate degrees in vocational, liberal arts, or science programs. Indeed, most of our students come to the program with the kinds of vocational goals encouraged by community college admissions; it is our purpose to show them that there is a world of other possibilities available to them. "

All students attend with full scholarship support.  


(Repost from the OpenIDEO Higher Ed Challenge Research Phase.)                    

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I am a physician/pediatrician with a background in clinical medicine, administration and teaching. My practice is currently focused on serving adolescent youth within the juvenile justice system in NYC.

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As we re imagine higher ed and lifelong learning, how might we create and expand opportunities for all learners to discover what their capabilities are? How might we assist learners in exploring and analyzing what educational possibilities exist, and best suit their needs, so that they can reach their goals? How might we design systems that can ensure that all learners are included in the future of a re imagined higher ed experience?


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