ERIC Number: ED349039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-15
Reference Count: N/A
A Description of the Senior College Transfer Destinations of Lehigh County Community College Students from August, 1986 to July, 1991 with Mean Cumulative Grade Point Average Comparisons from 26 Transfer Institutions in Pennsylvania.
Moyer, David F.
In spring 1992, a study was conducted at Lehigh County Community College (LCCC), in Pennsylvania, to compare transfer students' mean cumulative grade point average (GPA) at LCCC with their GPA at 26 transfer institutions throughout the state. This investigation differed from two previous LCCC studies, conducted in 1985 and 1989, in that it utilized a more precise definition of a transfer student (i.e., a student with no collegiate experience prior to attending LCCC, who transferred with more than 15 units, and who had earned a minimum of 15 units at the new institution). Transcript release forms for 5 academic years, from 1986-87 through 1990-91, were used to track 610 students to the transfer institutions. Results of the study included the following: (1) generally, GPA's earned at LCCC were similar to those earned at the transfer institutions; (2) a slight improvement in GPA earned at the transfer institution was seen for students who had completed more credits at LCCC; (3) only 3% of the students in the sample had transferred with 15 LCCC credits, 16% with 16-29 credits, and 18% with 30-49 credits; (4) 63% of the students had completed at least 1.5 years at LCCC before transferring; (5) the mean LCCC GPA of all 610 students was 2.94, while the mean transfer GPA was 2.78; and (6) 52% of the students who had earned an associate degree, had also completed a baccalaureate degree, while only 11.4% of those who had transferred without an associate degree had earned a baccalaureate degree. Eleven data tables and 12 brief recommendations are provided. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Associate Degrees, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Followup Studies, Grade Point Average, Grades (Scholastic), Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lehigh County Community Coll., Schnecksville, PA.