ERIC Number: ED369424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-20
Reassessing Curriculum and Transfer Rates: A Delicate Balance for the Mission of Community Colleges.
Chang, Mitchell J.
A study was conducted to identify the curricular factors that contribute to variations in transfer rates. The study used data on community college liberal arts and non-liberal arts course offerings drawn from the Center for the Study of Community Colleges' (CSCC's) National Community College Curriculum Study and data on transfer rates from the CSCC's 1993 Transfer Assembly data. The sample for the study included the 64 colleges that participated in both CSCC research projects. Transfer rates were calculated for each college in the sample, and rates of ethnic student transfer were calculated when possible. The study involved correlation analyses between transfer rates and broad curricular categories, institutional size, and percentage of non-whites; and the contributions of disciplinary categories in predicting transfer rates. Study findings included the following: (1) the liberal arts were found to be positively related to the transfer rate; (2) of the six liberal arts disciplines, humanities and math and computer courses accounted for the most variance in transfer rates; (3) non-liberal arts curriculum had a negative relationship to transfer, a relationship especially apparent in the trade and industry discipline; (4) transfer was found to be both a direct function of student population changes and an indirect function of curricular changes stimulated by new student demands and needs; and (5) a negative relationship was found between total student transfer and the proportion of remedial courses offered. (Contains 22 references.) (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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