ERIC Number: ED464696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-23
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"Terminal" Students Do Transfer.
Townsend, Barbara K.
This report discusses the transfer rate of community college students with A.S. or A.A.S. degrees from vocational or "terminal" programs in Missouri. The study shows that during the 1995-1996 academic year, 6,171 students received an associate degree from a Missouri public two-year college. Of these, 3,169 (51%) earned the A.A. degree and 3,002 (49%) earned an A.S. or A.A.S. Furthermore: (1) 1,585 (26%) of the graduates transferred to a Missouri four-year institution the following year; (2) 41% of the A.A. graduates transferred, compared with 9% of the A.S or A.A.S. graduates; (3) by spring 2000, 61% of the A.A. transfers had received a bachelor's degree, compared with 54% of the A.S. or A.A.S. transfers; and (4) the difference in bachelor's degree attainment was statistically significant; however, the transfers with A.S. and A.A.S. degrees exited Missouri four-year institutions with a higher overall GPA of 3.18, compared with 3.12 for A.A. transfers. The study compares its results to similar studies in Oregon, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Washington and discovers that findings from the other states are fairly consistent with Missouri's. Overall, the study shows that graduates from vocational and terminal programs also transfer to four-year institutions and earn better grades on the average than the A.A. graduates. However, the A.S. and A.A.S. transfer are less apt to graduate. The report provides implications for institutional practices and future study. (Contains 12 references.) (MKF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri