ERIC Number: ED329305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-9
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Transfer Function: Issues and Methods.
Clagett, Craig A.; Huntington, Robin B.
Information about the rate of student transfer from two- to four-year institutions and transfer students' achievement at the senior institutions can be obtained in several ways. One approach is the utilization of a statewide student tracking system, which permits easy identification of student progress at any level in the system. Systemwide outcomes can also be obtained by accessing existing state data files. Perhaps the most common source of outcomes data is the student survey, which does not depend on inter-institutional or state agency cooperation and which overcomes the geographic limitations of state data systems. Since student surveys are limited to student-reported information and generally have poor response rates, obtaining aggregate data directly from senior institutions is often more desirable. A final method of data collection involves individual-level data exchanges between institutions, which can be of use to both institutions by providing transfer information at the individual record level. A pilot project was undertaken in Maryland involving individual-level data exchanges between a four-year institution and interested community colleges. In exchange for providing community colleges with data on their transfer-in cohort, the four-year colleges received additional individual student data of interest to them. Another study examined transfer rates using different operational definitions of the "transfer student," examining such variables as transfer goal, transfer program, student course load, degree completion, and graduation status. The study concluded that reporting a select set of multiple rates based on different definitions may be fully justified at the institutional and state levels. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Records, Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, College Role, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Consortia, Data Collection, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Models, Organizational Effectiveness, Student Characteristics, Transfer Policy, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year Colleges, Universities
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Maryland Association for Institutional Research (4th, Frederick, MD, November 9, 1990).