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ERIC Number: ED462115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug-7
Pages: 18
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Southern California Community College Transfer Readiness Research Project Focus Group Findings.
Kozeracki, Carol; Gerdeman, Dean
During the 1998-1999 academic year, 734 students who transferred from Southern California Community College (SCCC) completed a 96-item survey about their experiences at SCCC and the transfer institution. The results of the survey were presented to SCCC faculty, and a Transfer Education Advisory Committee (TEAC) was established to evaluate the survey findings. In addition, TEAC members conducted student focus groups to address transfer and other issues. Results from the focus groups (48 students) included: (1) 61% of students were White, 18% Hispanic, 16% Asian, and 4% African American; (2) 41% aspired to a master's degree, 38% to a doctorate, and 21% to a bachelor's only; (3) students worked an average of 19 hours per week while attending SCCC, and 12 hours per week while at the four-year institution; (4) about half the students expressed dissatisfaction with their Counseling Center experiences; (5) in general, students found that greater familiarity with computers was expected at the four-year institution than at SCCC; (7) students reported that the amount of reading required at the four-year institution was substantially greater than at SCCC; (8) students' perceptions of how well SCCC prepared them for the research and writing requirements at the four-year institution varied considerably; and (9) students were highly appreciative of SCCC's faculty. The document concludes with recommendations in the following subject areas: counseling; computer skills; reading skills; writing skills; research skills; and faculty advising. The sample focus group protocol is appended. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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