ERIC Number: ED360017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Interfacing Two-Year and Four-Year Transcripts for Transfer Students.
Preston, David L.
A study was performed to determine the feasibility of using grade point averages and course-completion ratios in determining the success of community college students who transferred to four-year institutions. Four Texas universities searched their transcript files for students who had transferred from Brazosport College (BC), and provided BC with machine-readable copies of the transcripts. The BC transcripts and those from two of the universities, the University of Texas-Austin (UTA) and Sam Houston State University (SHSU), were matched and merged. Study findings included the following: (1) grade point averages (GPA's) dropped from 3.304 at BC to 2.256 at UTA, an average decrease of 1.048 points; (2) GPA's for students transferring to SHSU dropped 0.191 points, from 2.689 to 2.498; (3) course completion rates fell significantly upon transfer to the four-year institutions, with UTA students showing a particularly large decrease; (4) 67% of those who received a "C" or better in a BC English course received a "C" or better at one of the four-year institutions in subsequent English courses; and (5) overall, BC students did not do as well after transferring as they had at BC. A history of similar research efforts, a 12-item bibliography, and an appendix describing the next study undertaken at BC to test the usefulness of the software system used to analyze transfer data are included. (MAB)
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