Four community colleges have created competitive, more expensive two-year programs for talented students, and 27 highly ranked four-year schools have agreed to give graduates of the programs preference as transfer applicants. For four-year colleges, the partnership is a way to recruit from a more diverse pool of applicants. The extent of the commitments, announced last week, builds on a program called American Honors developed by for-profit Quad Learning. American Honors supplies academic advisers and other help to two-year colleges in the program. The curriculum is delivered both online and face to face.