ERIC Number: ED344637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
BBCC Transfer Student Follow-Up: Washington State University Students Reflect upon Big Bend Community College Education.
In March 1992, a team of Big Bend Community College (BBCC) faculty members traveled to Washington State University (WSU) to survey and interview former BBCC students enrolled at WSU. The purpose of the investigation was to assess the effectiveness of BBCC in preparing students for transfer to and continued success at the four-year college level, and to measure BBCC's effect on the students' abilities and skills. Of the 48 former BBCC students attending WSU, 19 (40%) met with the team and completed a short evaluative survey. Of these, 17 were BBCC graduates. On the average, participants had been away from BBCC for 1.8 years. Following the survey, each student participated in an interview discussion with at least one faculty member, focusing on issues of educational quality and improvement at BBCC. Major findings included the following: (1) 17 out of 19 students reported their overall experience at BBCC as "good" or "very good," with the most frequently mentioned areas of satisfaction being the quality of teaching, the smallness of the school and classes, the availability of faculty, the low cost and locality of education, the positive and friendly atmosphere/people, and the good reputation of the college; (2) areas most often identified as weaknesses included academic/curriculum advising and the number and variety of curricular offerings; and (3) students offered specific recommendations for improving classes to better prepare them for academic life at WSU, such as providing more exposure to computers and essay/take-home exams, requiring more papers/writing, and expecting more from students by making courses and workloads more challenging. Data tables, verbatim student comments, and the survey instruments are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational Facilities, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Interviews, Program Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Summative Evaluation, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Big Bend Community Coll., Moses Lake, WA. Office of Assessment.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A