ERIC Number: ED203892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul-26
The Transfer Function in Minority Community Colleges with Chicano Students.
Rendon, Laura I.
After discussing several issues related to the disproportionately large number of minority students who initiate baccalaureate studies at two-year colleges, this paper urges minority community colleges to strengthen the college transfer function. The paper first summarizes the problems and characteristics of today's community college transfer student; statistically demonstrates the disproportionate concentration of minority students at two-year colleges; and points out that while community colleges have increased minority access to education, they have not succeeded in reducing minority attrition. The underrepresentation of Hispanics in higher education is then examined, as are the socioeconomic barriers to educational success faced by Hispanic students and the need to address these barriers in college articulation agreements. Finally, the paper presents ten recommendations for minority transfer education: (1) make transfer education a top institutional priority; (2) aggressively recruit minorities; (3) complete articulation agreements with high schools and universities; (4) place an individual in charge of the transfer process; (5) assess minority students' educational needs; (6) study retention/attrition factors; (7) conduct follow-up studies of transfer students; (8) establish a retention program; (9) provide counseling and support services; and (10) conduct relevant institutional research. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the State Conference of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (Austin, TX, July 26, 1980).