ERIC Number: ED365380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Calculating Transfer Rates: Examining Two National Models in Illinois.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
Two predominant methodologies for calculating community college student transfer rates have emerged nationally. The Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) has developed a methodology for tracking an entering student cohort, while the National Effectiveness Transfer Consortium (NETC) tracks an exiting student cohort. A study was conducted by the Illinois Community College System (ICCS) to calculate and compare transfer rates for ICCS students using adaptations of both models. The entering cohort for the CSCC model was based on fall 1987 enrollees, while the exiting cohort for the NETC model was based on spring 1988 enrollees. To keep data sources comparable, transfer information for both entering and exiting transfer rates were limited exclusively to transfers to Illinois' 12 public four-year universities. Study findings included the following: (1) the overall transfer rate for the entering student cohort was 20.1%, while the overall rate for the fall exiting student cohort was 14.9%; (2) rates for the majority of individual colleges were also found to be higher with the CSCC model, while rates by program exhibited substantial variation regardless of the model used; (3) students who indicated an intent to transfer accounted for 52.8% of the entering cohort transfers and 55.4% of the exiting cohort transfers; and (4) students in the exiting cohort were slightly more ethnically/racially diverse than those in the entering cohort. A discussion of the strengths and concerns of both models, a review of considerations for choosing a transfer rate model, and a 39-item bibliography are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
Identifiers: Illinois; Transfer Studies