ERIC Number: ED283560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: 0
Transfer Science Students: A 17-Year Follow-up Study, Fall 1969 through Spring 1985.
Case, Christine L.; Goth, George W.
A study was conducted at Skyline College (California) to assess the quality of the college's transfer-science program and to gather information from former students who had completed at least 40 units and had received their lower division science training at Skyline. Questionnaires were sent to 540 former Skyline students who had enrolled in Chemistry 220 or Physics 240 between fall 1969 and spring 1986. Study findings, based on a 23% response rate, included the following: (1) background data obtained from college records indicated that the average science student was a male, 21 years of age, who completed 72 units at Skyline within 3 years and earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.03; (2) students completed between 2 and 16 of the classes recommended for science majors; (3) 50% of the respondents were attending school at the time of the survey, and 63% were employed; (4) respondents felt that the commitment of the faculty to students was a major strength of science and mathematics instruction at Skyline; (5) Skyline was rated higher than students' transfer institutions in terms of faculty accessibility, academic advising, help with personal problems, quality of instruction, and overall institutional rating, but lower in terms of faculty professionalism, quantity of instruction, and amount of homework; and (6) 93% of the respondents transferred to a four-year college, with 69% of the transfers estimating that their GPA after transferring was 3.0 or higher. The survey instrument is appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: San Mateo Community Coll. District, CA.
Authoring Institution: Skyline Coll., San Bruno, CA.