ERIC Number: ED431503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
Vertical Transfer: An Examination of Course Transferability in the Non-liberal Arts in California.
Striplin, Jenny J.
This study examines the transferability of non-liberal arts courses within public postsecondary education in the state of California. The research examines the percentages of courses in the non-liberal arts categories that transfer from the community colleges to the state's public four-year institutions. This study also compares results with a similar study conducted in 1991. Twenty-six community colleges in California were selected. Using course catalogues and class schedules, course transferability was determined and marked next to course listings. Based on the analysis, different patterns of transferability were found with respect to the University of California (UC) System and California State University (CSU) System. Without exception, more of the community college courses transfer to the CSU (72.6% overall) than to the UC (26.7% overall). Findings show that the gap between the UC and CSU regarding the transferability of non-liberal arts courses has widened since 1991, from 32.8% to 46.9%. During this time period, the transferability of most of the subject areas to UC remained stable, while transferability in subject all areas, with the exception of "personal skills and avocational" courses, increased to the CSU. Contains 16 references. (JJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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