ERIC Number: ED325155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-17
Reference Count: 0
Defining Community College Achievements.
Cohen, Arthur M.
In 1989, the Center for the Study of Community Colleges received a grant from the Ford Foundation to assist community colleges in defining their transfer rates and collecting data to support those definitions. The Center invited 240 community colleges with at least a 20% minority enrollment to participate in a Transfer Assembly. Interested institutions were asked to provide information on the number of their students (disaggregated by ethnicity) who had entered the college in fall 1984 with no prior college experience; the number of these students who had stayed at the institution long enough to attain at least 12 college credit units; and the number of that group who entered a senior institution within the ensuing 4 to 5 years. To assist the institutions, the Center staff established a definition of transfer rate which would be valid, readily understandable to the layperson, and calculable with data that would be accessible to the college staff at a reasonable cost. At the 47 colleges providing usable data in 1989, 50% of the students entering in 1984 with no prior college experience had completed 12 units, and 23% of these students had transferred to a four-year institutions by spring 1989. Data gathered in 1990 from 40 colleges revealed that among students entering in 1985, 46% had completed at least 12 units and 24% had transferred by spring 1990. The paper concludes with suggested strategies for measuring community college success in their other, non-transfer purposes. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Evaluation Methods, Institutional Mission, Institutional Research, National Surveys, Organizational Effectiveness, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Role of Education, Student Educational Objectives, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Community College League of California (Los Angeles, CA, November 16-17, 1990).