ERIC Number: ED344624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Fall 1986 First-Time Community College Student Transfer Study.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
In 1992, 27 Illinois community college districts (38 colleges) participated in a national transfer study conducted by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). The purpose of the study was to test a model for calculating transfer rates which used as its cohort group those students entering a community college in fall 1986 with no prior college experience who had earned at least 12 college-level semester credit hours. Included in the study were those 45,795 students who initially had enrolled in baccalaureate/transfer, occupational, and general associate degree programs at Illinois's community colleges. Using the CSCC transfer model, the overall transfer rate for Illinois was 24.1%. However, determining multiple rates based on distinct pools of students more realistically depicted the nature of transfer. For example, the rate for students from baccalaureate/transfer programs was 32.6%, while the rate for students who indicated that they intended to transfer was 40.4%. Ascertaining multiple rates also revealed differences in course-taking and transfer behavior among racial/ethnic groups. Asians had the second highest percentage of students earning at least 12 credit hours (50.2%) and the highest transfer rate (29.3%). For baccalaureate/transfer students, the difference between the highest transfer rate for White students (35.6%) and the lowest for Black students (18.5%) was 17.1 percentage points. Percentages of students earning the 12 credit hour minimum and transfer rates differed significantly among community colleges as well. Overall, the percentage of students earning the credit minimum ranged from 67.4% (Olney Central) to 17.5% (City Wide), with the statewide figure at 47%. Transfer rates ranged from 35% (Kishwaukee) to 8% (Malcolm X), with the statewide rate for the participating colleges at 24.1%. Data tables are provided. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
Identifiers: Center for the Study of Community Colleges CA; Illinois