ERIC Number: ED456869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Trends and Issues in Transfer. ERIC Digest.
Kim, Karen A.
This digest is drawn from "Transfer Students: Trends and Issues," the summer 2001 issue of New Directions for Community Colleges. Although community colleges in the United States have complex academic and vocational goals, the transfer function is of central importance to maintaining access to higher education. Community colleges provide the lower-division coursework for those who may be ineligible for admission to a four-year university or college as well as for those who are eligible but choose community colleges for their low cost and small class size. Research shows that the adjustment process of transfer students is likely to be complex due to the environmental differences between two- and four-year institutions. Transfer students have lower GPAs, higher attrition rates, and are more likely to end up on academic probation than native students. Racial and ethnic minorities may have an even harder time. This paper identifies four ways to improve the transfer process for minority students: (1) establishment of clear communication of transfer policies; (2) development of support programs at senior institutions; (3) assessment of institutional performance; and (4) inclusion of culturally competent staff members that communicate well in cross-cultural situations. The paper concludes that by understanding the issues associated with transfer, community colleges and universities can develop support programs that will facilitate successful transfer and persistence to the baccalaureate degree. (NB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Bachelors Degrees, College Role, College Transfer Students, Colleges, Community Colleges, Degrees (Academic), Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Minority Groups, Transfer Rates (College), Transfer Students, Universities
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.