ERIC Number: ED230255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Community Colleges in Preparing Students for Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities: The Maryland Experience.
Maryland State Board for Community Colleges, Annapolis.
This study report summarizes the results of six follow-up surveys of Maryland community college students conducted between 1976 and 1982 to assess the success of the state's community colleges in preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. After an introductory discussion of the transfer function of community colleges and the data sources of the study, information is provided on the number of Maryland community college students enrolled in transfer programs; the proportion of students entering community colleges with the goal of transferring to four-year colleges and the proportion achieving this goal; the characteristics of transfer students; students' satisfaction with their preparation for transfer; the efficiency of the transfer process; student success after transfer; and the colleges to which community college students transferred. Highlights from the surveys included: (1) in fall 1982, 46% of the state's community college students were enrolled in transfer programs; (2) since 1974, approximately one-third of all community college students had reported that their main goal was to transfer; (3) 40% of all 1978 graduates and 42% of all 1980 graduates transferred to a four-year college; (4) students who transferred were younger, completed more credit hours, and had a higher grade point average than those who had not transferred; and (5) more than 88% of the students surveyed reported satisfaction with their preparation for transfer. (HB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Transfer Students, Colleges, Community Colleges, Enrollment Trends, Graduate Surveys, Institutional Evaluation, Participant Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Transfer Programs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. Div. of Vocational-Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Board for Community Colleges, Annapolis.