ERIC Number: ED444673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Transfer Rates: How To Measure and for What Purpose? A Discussion Paper.
This report presents a brief overview of the most common approaches to the calculation of transfer rates and discusses the use of a transfer rate as a measure of institutional effectiveness. It provides an overview of existing practices and helps to inform a discussion of whether or not transfer rate data should be collected from British Columbia (BC) public postsecondary institutions and how transfer rates should be calculated. The issue of how best to calculate a transfer rate depends in part upon the purpose underlying the collection of such information. If the rate is to be used as a measure of college effectiveness with consequences that follow for the institution depending upon its "success," then how the rate is calculated becomes very important. The key difference in the calculation of various transfer rates rests in the precise definitions of entering or exiting student cohort, time frame for transfer, minimum number of college credits completed, type of curriculum studied, and student intent to transfer. The report looks at transfer rates and the BC postsecondary system and discusses possible transfer rate models in the BC context: entering student cohort model, exiting student cohort model, transfer readiness model, and transfer of credits model. Some recommendations conclude the report. Contains 10 references. (VWC)
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Data Collection, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, School Effectiveness, Transfer Rates (College)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, Vancouver.
Identifiers - Location: Canada