ERIC Number: ED365395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Transfer Outcomes in Washington Community Colleges: A Baseline Report on Transfer Student Outcomes. Operations Report No. 94-1.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.
Four studies on transfer students in Washington community colleges were conducted to determine whether community colleges play an important role in the achievement of the bachelor's degree and to learn at which points Washington community college students have difficulty in completing their education objectives. The studies included a bachelor's degree survey which provided background data and information on students' experience with the transfer process; longitudinal tracking of students planning to complete a community college degree; a transfer rate analysis based on matching community college and four-year college data; and a survey of transfer-oriented sophomores who had been enrolled at Washington community colleges in spring 1988. Study findings included the following: (1) a third of all 1988 bachelor's degree recipients had transferred credit from a Washington community college; (2) among community college entrants intending to transfer, 15% of full-time students and a third of part-time students left during or after the first quarter and did not return, while about half remained enrolled for at least four or more quarters over 2 years; (3) in the 3 years following exit from their community college, 84% of the transfer-bound students had transferred to a four-year institution; (4) for all new Washington community college students completing at least 18 quarter credits in college-level courses, 33% transferred within 4 years; and (5) among transfer students, 56% were still enrolled in their transfer institutions after 3 years, and 34% had graduated with a bachelor's degree. (Contains data tables and 16 references.) (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Enrollment, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.