ERIC Number: ED382254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Transfer Rates for Washington Community Colleges. Research Report No. 94-6.
A study was conducted by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to examine transfer rates for state community colleges using methodology developed by the national Transfer Assembly (TA) and analyses conducted by the SBCTC. While the TA examines outcomes for students with no previous college credit who complete at least 18 quarter credits and transfer to a state public institution after 4 years, the SBCTC analysis excludes students who started college in Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and high school or equivalency programs, and includes transfers to independent institutions. Data for the cohort entering in 1988 indicated the following: (1) according to TA data, Washington had an overall transfer rate of 24%, slightly higher than the national average of 23%; (2) this TA transfer rate varied by college, with a high of 38% at Wenatchee Valley Community College to a low of 10% at South Seattle Community College, a college with a primarily workforce training mission; (3) TA outcomes by race ranged from 13% for African Americans to 30% for Asian/Pacific Islanders; (4) including transfers to independent institutions in the analysis raised the Washington transfer rate to 32%, while removing the 18 quarter credits requirement lowered it to 13%; and (5) of the total cohort, only 40% completed 18 credits in 4 years, indicating that early attrition at community colleges accounts for transfer rates that are lower than might be expected. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Enrollment Planning and Information Services Div.
Identifiers: Transfer Assembly; Transfer Studies; Washington State Community College System