ERIC Number: ED261754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Student Degree Aspirations. ERIC Digest.
ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
In spring 1984, a study was conducted by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges to examine various facets of transfer education at urban community colleges. Part of the study focused on the large discrepancy between the number of community college students saying they wanted to earn a bachelor's degree and the actual number who attained the baccalaureate. A survey of students in randomly selected transfer-credit course sections at 22 urban community colleges yielded 1,163 usable responses. Study findings included the following: (1) 74% of the students planned to attain a baccalaureate degree or higher, yet only 54% indicated transfer as their primary reason for attending college; (2) 44% expressed strong feelings about the relative importance of transfer; (3) only 12% could be classified as exhibiting behavior highly indicative of transfer, and most had not taken the initiative in planning for transfer; and (4) students with high transfer attitudes and behaviors were concentrated among those who had completed 45 to 59 units, were attending full-time, and were of traditional college age. The study findings suggested that community colleges concerned with the identification of potential transfer students should collect other data besides planned degree attainment. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
Note: For the full study report, see ED 255 250.