ERIC Number: ED454301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Transfer Rates to 4-Year Institutions Using Alternative Definitions of Transfer. Research and Development Report.
Bradburn, Ellen M.; Hurst, David G.; Peng, Samuel
This report uses the 1990-1994 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:1990/1994) to examine several ways of estimating the transfer rate from public two-year to four-year institutions. The report focuses on different approaches to defining the pool of potential transfer students or the group of community college students who appear to be planning or hoping to transfer to a four-year institution. The relationship of these definitions of potential transfers to student background characteristics is explored, as is the relationship of each definition to the resulting transfer rate. The report concludes with a discussion of the results in the context of other studies of community college students and transfer. Overall, 71% of beginning community college students responded to a survey that they anticipated earning a bachelor's degree or higher. The majority of students also met three other definitions of potential transfers: (1) being enrolled in an academic program; (2) enrolling continuously in 1989-1990; and (3) enrolling during the 1990-1991 academic year. Less than half the students met another four definitions used in the report, and only 11% had an academic major and were taking courses leading toward a bachelor's degree. In general, transfer rates increased across increasingly restrictive definitions of potential transfers, with the lowest rate (25%) of ever enrolling in a four-year institution found for all beginning community college students compared to 52% among students meeting the most restrictive definition of potential transfers. Three appendixes contain a glossary, technical motes, and supplemental and standard error tables. (Contains 11 tables, 11 figures, and 24 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Definitions, Educational Attainment, Higher Education, National Surveys, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study