ERIC Number: ED247963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Student Predisposition to Transfer: A Report of Preliminary Findings.
Bensimon, Estela M.; Riley, Michelle J.
A study was conducted to obtain information on community college students' predispostion to transfer to four-year institutions. A sample of 2,957 students in 24 urban community colleges participating in the Transfer Opportunities Program was surveyed. The survey instrument was designed to assess student predisposition to transfer, gather background and demographic information, determine students' academic orientation as exemplified by their study habits, determine students' self-appraisal of their competency, obtain students' perceptions of institutional services related to transfer, and determine students' involvement in the academic environment. Study findings, based on responses from 1,613 students, included the following: (1) 60% of the respondents were 25 years old or younger; (2) 54.2% had completed 30 or more credits; (3) 74.2% planned to earn a baccalaureate degree or higher; (4) 52.2% cited preparing for transfer as their primary reason for attending college, while 31.4% were preparing to enter a specific occupation, and 9.5% were attending to advance in a career; (5) the proportion of Asian (70%) and Hispanic (62.8%) students attending college to prepare for transfer was higher than that for Black (44.7%) and White (47.9%) students; and (6) the distribution of the total sample on the Predisposition to Transfer Index revealed that 22.4% of the students showed a high predisposition to transfer, while 58.8% fell in the low predisposition to transfer category. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.