Impacting Transfer Rates

Dr. Karen Stout: Tackling the Nation’s Transfer Rates

Only 15% of community college students transfer to four-year institutions after they complete their associate’s degree…nationwide. 

In this episode, Dr. Karen Stout, President of Achieving the Dream, shares how community colleges increase statistics through organizational processes, relationships with partner universities, and tackling student barriers head on. In this episode, she will  provide actionable solutions on how to get more students ready to transfer, and prepare them to complete and successfully earn a bachelor’s degree. 


About Dr. Stout 

Since 2015, Dr. Karen A. Stout has served as president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, leading the nation’s largest movement to improve success for all students, especially low-income students and students of color. Dr. Stout leads, through ATD, a network of institutions in whole-college transformation using a coaching process that is constantly informed and improved by its longstanding partnerships and practice in the field. ATD anticipates future needs and issues, leveraging knowledge through collective learning. She has received national recognition for her achievements and accomplishments in higher education innovation and leadership including Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s Leading Women, Honorary Degree from Miami Dade College, American Association for Women in Community College’s Woman of the Year and Washington Monthly’s 16 most innovative higher education leaders.

She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Delaware.


Dr. Karen Stout


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