The VT-NETS program offers a unique opportunity to understand what factors make a transfer student successful in receiving an engineering degree, from community college enrollment, to the transfer process, through new university integration, and finally graduation. This study allows for better understanding of how a four-year university can interact with students while enrolled at community college and support the success and efficiency of their transfer throughout the community college-to-bachelor’s degree pathway. New findings would allow four-year institutions to play a proactive role in bolstering this pathway and provide insight to successful partnerships with community college networks.

The overarching research question is: How can a four-year institution help increase the success and efficiency of engineering transfer students following the community college-to-bachelor's degree pathway?

Principal investigators for this research include David Knight and Walter Lee.