ERIC Number: ED332761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects of the Transfer Alliance Program on Its Colleges, Faculty, and Students.
Banks, Debra L.; Byock, Gayle
The Transfer Alliance Program (TAP), initiated at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1985, involves curriculum articulation efforts with 12 Los Angeles County community colleges. UCLA and the participating colleges maintain a set of mutually determined commitments that require the colleges to establish a formal program structure, offer a core of enriched courses, encourage underrepresented minority student participation, and promote relationships with high schools and between university and community college faculty. The TAP curriculum consists of a core of enriched general education courses in which students engage in extensive writing, reading, and research. To evaluate the effectiveness of TAP, questionnaires were administered to TAP and non-TAP faculty and students, and intensive interviews were conducted with students, administrators, faculty, and counselors. Study findings included the following: (1) TAP faculty showed more concern for the transfer process and engaged in greater experimentation with teaching methods; (2) TAP faculty developed more student-focused classrooms than non-TAP faculty; (3) TAP students demonstrated better class attendance, preparation, and understanding of ideas than non-TAP students; (4) TAP students and faculty reported greater interaction than their non-TAP counterparts; (5) statewide, TAP colleges had higher percentages of students transferring to the University of California than non-TAP colleges; and (6) TAP transfer students had higher grade point averages and persistence rates than non-TAP transfer students at UCLA. Detailed data tables, a 56-item bibliography, and the survey instruments are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Core Curriculum, Enrichment Activities, General Education, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Interviews, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Office of Academic Interinstitutional Programs.
Identifiers: California; Transfer Alliance Program CA