ERIC Number: ED358877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Celebrating Transfer: A Report of the Annual Transfer Assembly (4th, Northbrook, IL, June 3-4, 1993).
Cohen, Arthur M.
The Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) in Los Angeles, California has examined transfer data for students at two-year institutions from 1984 through 1987. In the CSCC studies, transfer rates are calculated by dividing the number of students entering a community college with no prior college experience and completing at least 12 units into the number of these students who take one or more classes at a university within 4 years. Extrapolations from 1987 data show that about 1.25 million students entered the nation's 968 public community colleges in 1987, of whom 573,000 completed at least 12 units and just under 130,000 transferred within 4 years, for a transfer rate of 23%. CSCC has also conducted research on the community college curriculum, finding that, in 1991, liberal arts courses accounted for 56% of total credit offerings in two-year colleges. Other CSCC research indicates that state university systems with higher credit transferability for two-year college non-liberal arts courses show markedly higher student transfer rates. Given the increases in four-year college tuition, the greater numbers of college-age students, and the growing interest in the transfer function among two-year college staff, transfer rates can be expected to increase in coming years. Issues of transfer in Washington and North Carolina, relations between two- and four-year institutions, transfer rate calculations, uses of data, and tracking transfer retrospectively are also discussed in this report. A 12-item bibliography and a transfer rate data form are attached. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.