ERIC Number: ED435424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
A Field Study of Completer and Non-Completer Community College Reverse Transfer Students.
Winter, Paul A.; Harris, Michael R.
The purpose of this study was to develop a descriptive profile of completer and non-completer reverse transfer students in Kentucky. Three major questions were investigated: (1) What are the characteristics of reverse transfer students? (2) What are the reasons and goals that motivate reverse transfers to enroll at community colleges? and (3) How do completer and non-completer students differ? The 882 (63.5% response rate) participants in this survey were drawn from a random sample of 4,863 reverse transfer students at Kentucky's 14 community colleges. The sample consisted of 734 non-completers (no baccalaureate degree) and 148 completers (earned baccalaureate degree), with a total average age of 30.7. White students were more likely than African-Americans, and married students were more likely than single students, to have earned a baccalaureate degree. Compared with completers, non-completers were younger, had fewer dependent children, enrolled for and completed more credit hours, and earned lower GPAs. Over 31% of non-completers were enrolled in pre-transfer or general studies programs, compared with 4.8% of completers. Future degree aspirations were higher among non-completers. Completers were more interested in obtaining job training while non-completers were more interested in transfer and general academic skills. Overall, reverse transfers tend to have above-average academic achievement and aspirations. Implications for research and administrative practice are discussed. Contains 26 references and 5 tables. (RDG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky