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ERIC Number: ED342445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-15
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Facilitating Transfer: An Issue of the 90's.
Coleman, Catherine
Recently the state legislatures in Texas and Arkansas have passed initiatives to maximize transfer effectiveness from two- to four-year institutions. These initiatives, and others being undertaken on a national level, were stimulated by the rising cost of higher education, a decline in transfer rates and low achievement among students who do transfer, and widespread interest in the educational mobility of minority students. On the national level, the efforts of the National Effective Transfer Consortium and the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges to assess transfer activity have identified a number of variables that affect student transfer activities, including the transfer policies of four-year institutions. In Texas and Arkansas, the 46 four-year institutions vary with respect to their admissions policies regarding maximum transferable hours, entry-level grade requirements, and testing requirements. At East Arkansas Community College (EACC), transfer is further impeded by the college's rural location, high rates of poverty and unemployment, high dropout rates, students' fear of leaving the area, and the lack of a local four-year institution. A survey of EACC graduates from l986-l990 revealed that from 30% to 60% transferred successfully. To increase transfer rates, initiatives should be developed on national, state, and institutional levels. For EACC, such an initiative would include selecting 75 students from the current enrollment and providing them financial aid, four-year college orientation, and encouragement to obtain a baccalaureate degree. (JSP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Texas