ERIC Number: ED216758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
The Reverse Transfer Phenomenon at Piedmont Virginia Community College, Fall Quarter, 1981. Research Report No. 3-82.
Ross, Robert A.
In fall 1981, a study was conducted to investigate the reverse transfer phenomenon at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC). Specifically, the study sought to determine: (1) the proportion of PVCC students who had already obtained a certificate, or an associate, bachelor's or graduate degree; (2) the demographic characteristics of these certificate or degree holders; (3) their reasons for attending PVCC as compared to the reasons given by non-degree holders; and (4) differences between degree holders and non-degree holders enrolled in programs associated with high employability. Questionnaires were administered to a random sample of fall 1981 class sections and to all sections in the data processing, accounting, electronics, nursing, and respiratory therapy programs. Responses from 94% of the classes surveyed revealed that about 25% of the fall 1981 student body (on a full-time equivalent basis) had already received a degree or certificate from an institution of higher education, with 13% holding a bachelor's degree or higher. The proportion of students with a bachelor's degree or above in programs associated with high employability was significantly higher than the proportion in the student body in general. Making more money, getting a better job, and learning things of interest were consistently identified as important reasons for attending PBCC among degree holders and non-degree holders. The questionnaire is appended. (AYC)
Descriptors: Age, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Degrees (Academic), Demand Occupations, Educational Attainment, Females, Males, Minority Groups, Questionnaires, Reverse Transfer Students, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA.