ERIC Number: ED262844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-29
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Student Mobility among the Public Community Colleges and Universities in the State of Kansas.
Doucette, Donald S.; Teeter, Deborah J.
A comprehensive three-part examination of student mobility among the 19 community colleges and 6 state universities in Kansas was conducted in 1984. The study involved coordinated analyses of student databases at the universities to determine selected demographic and academic characteristics of transfer students for 10 semesters from fall 1979 through spring 1984; a survey of former community college students enrolled in these universities in fall 1984; and a retrospective, longitudinal examination of selected groups of native university and community college transfer students. Study findings included the following: (1) enrollment of community college transfers in state universities increased 72% over the 5-year period; (2) community college transfers were slightly younger, earned somewhat higher achievement test scores, and took heavier loads in fall 1983 than in fall 1979; (3) increasing numbers of transfer-oriented students enrolled in community colleges, and greater percentages of community college students subsequently transferred; (4) students were satisfied with the preparation for university work provided by the community colleges and had no major difficulties in transferring; (5) overall, the academic performance of native university students and community college transfers was substantially the same; and (6) native students earned degrees and persisted at rates considerably higher than community college transfers. The study report provides an extensive description of the process of designing and implementing complicated research analyses at the state level by collaborative efforts, and the survey instrument. (LAL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Articulation (Education), College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational Mobility, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Postsecondary Education, State Surveys, State Universities, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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