ERIC Number: ED381215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Transfer: Data, Definitions, and Eligibility in the San Diego Community College District.
Armstrong, William B.; Barnes, Randall A.
In reports on transfer outcomes to the state Board, the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) regularly uses the definition of transfer developed by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges' Transfer Assembly (TA). This model does not consider student intent in the pool of transfer-eligible students. In response to concerns by some SDCCD leaders that the inclusive nature of the TA definition was artificially lowering transfer rates, a project was undertaken to examine transfer outcomes for cross sections of District students based on transfer-level courses completed, units completed, degree status, and intent to transfer. Project findings included the following: (1) the 1995 TA study derived a national transfer rate of 21.30%, 18.5% for California, and 16.11% for SDCCD; (2) for first-time fall 1988 SDCCD students who expressed an educational goal of transfer (n=4,481), 643 were transfer directed (i.e., completed transfer level English and math courses), and 338 of these were considered transfer eligible (i.e., had also completed at least 56 transfer units with at least a 2.0 grade point average); (3) of the 338 transfer-eligible students, 33% transferred to a public university in California, 19% graduated, and 12.4% both graduated and transferred, for a transfer rate of 63.3%; (4) limiting the transfer eligible pool by student intent to transfer only, however, was not found to dramatically affect the transfer rate; and (5) of SDCCD transfers from 1988 to 1993, 22% did not enroll in a basic skills course in their first two terms, while 9.7% of those who did, transferred. The project concluded that the TA model provides a valid and low cost methodology for determining transfer rates. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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