ERIC Number: ED312015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Why Have They Not Transferred?
In 1986, a study was conducted at Rancho Santiago College (RSC) to determine the reasons that students whose educational goal was to transfer to a four-year college did not complete their objective. In fall 1983, 6,030 of the students enrolled at RSC indicated on their application for admission that they planned to transfer to a four-year college. Two years later, 158 students had transferred to one of two state universities, 2,615 were still attending RSC, and 3,257 were no longer attending RSC and had apparently not transferred. Surveys were mailed to this final group of students to determine whether they had transferred, had decided not to transfer, or had delayed their transfer. Former students who had not transferred were asked when they planned to start attending a four-year college and their reasons for not attending or for delaying their attendance. Study findings, based on a 20% usable response rate, included the following: (1) of the 566 respondents, 121 indicated that they had already transferred to a four-year college, 394 reported that they had not transferred yet, and 51 indicated that they no longer planned to transfer; (2) the main reasons for not transferring were "plan to return to RSC" and "decided to work," while other reasons included "financial" and "attending another community college"; (3) of the respondents who indicated they still planned to transfer, 41% were undecided as to when they would start a four-year college, 31% planned to start in one year or less, and 28% planned to start in one year or longer; (4) of the 121 respondents who had transferred, 69% were attending a public college or university, and 31% were attending a private four-year college; and (5) respondents indicated high levels of awareness of, frequency of use of, and satisfaction with RSC services. The survey instrument is appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rancho Santiago Community Coll., Santa Ana, CA.