ERIC Number: ED476836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-30
Do Institutional Characteristics Matter in Two- to Four-Year Transfer?
This paper aims to estimate the effects of individual and institutional factors on college transfer. The author used logistic transgression to estimate the probability of transfer. The author assumes the probability of transfer from a two-year institution to a four-year institution is a function of student characteristics, type of institution in which student is enrolled, and the tuition gap facing students at the time they intended to transfer. The author's research is based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) BPS (Beginning Postsecondary Student Longitudinal Study) 89/94, IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) Fall Enrollment Survey, and Institutional Characteristics Survey 89/90 and 97/98. The combined and limited sample totals 1,370 observations. Of this number, 236 transferred within five years. The research results indicate that public institutions perform better than private two-year colleges, and that the tuition gap has a significant negative impact on student transfer. Other institutional factors, such as racial and gender composition of student body and size and location of institution, have no significant effect on transfer. The author concludes that scholarship or tuition aid will greatly reduce the economic burden placed upon transfer students while increasing the pool of prospective students by lowering their expected costs of transfer. (Contains 43 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (45th, Dallas, TX, March 30, 2003).