ERIC Number: ED473288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Partnership for Excellence (PFE) Evaluation Project: A Special Review of the PFE Transfer Model.
Californias public and legislative demands over transfer performance as exemplified by the Partnerships for Excellence (PFE) Transfer model reflect a growing national trend. According to the Education Commission of the States, there has been a shift in the national mood from concern about fiscal accountability in education to one of educational accountability as evidenced by student outcomes. Approximately 300,000 of the nations 2.2 million students who begin postsecondary studies each year in a two-year college transfer to a four-year institution within four years of original matriculation. Around 40% of bachelors degree recipients have some community college credits on their transcripts. The implementation of performance-based funding has raised the stakes for transfer issues in the California community college. This paper argues that the PFE Transfer model has built-in contradictions that may serve to undermine the very reforms it seeks to strengthen. These contradictions appear in the access-versus-quality debate, in the reporting of unfavorable data without vital contextual information, and in the public response to this information. The author concludes that the community colleges will best serve their educational mission by doing less assessment for the purposes of ranking, screening, and comparison, and more assessment designed to inform college policy and guide educational practice. Contains 17 references. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Articulation (Education), College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Mobility, Institutional Cooperation, Intercollegiate Cooperation, School Policy, Transfer Policy, Transfer Programs, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: RP Group of California Community Colleges, Santa Ana.