ERIC Number: ED368421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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The Value of Tracking Students--Gathering Evidence about Their Progress along the Way.
Tanner, Jeffery M.
In response to problems experienced by students from two-year college feeder schools, Brigham Young University (BYU) designed a computer file and transfer matrix screen to automate and standardize the transfer evaluation process. The file contains transcript information on courses for each college providing transfer students, including such information as the course name, department, catalog number, credit hours, and upper/lower division status; equivalent BYU course identification; if credit is accepted by BYU; and if entry has been validated. This process ensures uniform advising efforts as counselors and transfer students receive a computerized matrix showing how their previous coursework has been evaluated by BYU and a document showing the application of transfer course work to BYU degree requirements. This process has also proved useful in recruiting and information visits to feeder schools. In a test of the system's capabilities, data tapes of student transcripts were obtained from a feeder school and input into the system. At the recruitment visit, student records were called up and evaluated against BYU degree requirements, showing the best courses to take at the feeder school and suggesting the optimal time to transfer. These changes have made a major improvement in relations with transfer students and administrators by making BYU a partner rather than an adversary. Sample transfer matrices, student progress report, and transfer student profile are attached. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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