ERIC Number: ED223308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
The Reverse Transfer Student: An Emerging Population. Preliminary Draft; Field Review Edition.
Renkiewicz, Nancy K.; And Others
As part of a statewide investigation of the reverse transfer student, a study of students transferring from four-year colleges and universities to community colleges was conducted in the Los Rios Community College District. The study sought to determine the relative size of the reverse transfer population; differences in the characteristics of reverse transfers and other students; and reasons students left the four-year colleges or transferred laterally from one community college to another. Questionnaires were sent to 11,210 students at the three Los Rios colleges, requesting information on background, enrollment influences, educational attainment and plans, and prior college attendance. Based on responses from 10,196 students, or 22% of the total district student population, the study revealed that: (1) 19.6% of the respondents were reverse transfer students, including both four-year college graduates and non-completers; 25.7% had previously attended a community college; and 54.7% had no prior college experience; (2) 82.4% of the four-year college graduates and 69.6% of the first-time students were employed; (3) 11.7% of the four-year college graduates and 56% of the first-time students were enrolled for 12 units or more; and (4) four-year non-completers left the four-year college mainly for financial reasons or uncertainty about their major, while two-year lateral transfers left their previous college primarily because of a change in job or residence. A literature review and the survey instrument are included. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern California Community Colleges Research Group.; Los Rios Community Coll. District, Sacramento, CA.