ERIC Number: ED255245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating A Community College Transfer Program: A Proposal.
McCabe, Robert H.
Recent concern about academic quality and costs has resulted in growing criticism of the transfer function of the community college. This criticism has arisen, in part, from the evaluations of university-based researchers who have argued that a very small percentage of community college students succeed in transferring to four-year institutions and who have concluded from the low success rates that transfer programs are ineffective. This approach ignores the many and varied reasons for student attendance at community colleges and the fact that many community college students have no wish to obtain a degree. If the community colleges are to project effectively the role they perform in transfer and other areas, they should ensure that graduates reach a level of attainment comparable to the first two years at a four-year college, and that their credits are considered academic currency and are granted only for substantial achievement. Two-year colleges should also develop a realistic process for evaluating the transfer function that would exclude from computation those students who do not intend to complete an associate degree program. A division of the total credits taken annually by degree-seeking students by the mean credits needed per student to earn an associate degree produces a theoretical indication of a perfect result in terms of the number of degrees awarded annually. Taking this figure and dividing it by the number of associate degrees actually awarded produces an associate degree success ratio. By dividing associate degree graduates into two groups--those receiving occupational degrees and those receiving transfer degrees--then computing the number of documented transfer students as a percentage of the number receiving a transfer degree, a transfer ratio is developed. This approach would present more favorable and realistic indications of the success of transfer programs, while other studies could assess the benefits received by non-degree-seeking students. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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