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ERIC Number: ED562852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
The Effects of Structured Transfer Programs in Community Colleges
Baker, Rachel
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Many community college students begin with the intention of transferring to a four-year school but relatively few actually do. One hypothesis for the low rates of successful two-to-four year transfers is that academic program choices in community colleges are too numerous and too complex. In this paper, the author will address a longer term outcome of a state articulation policy in California (number of associates degrees granted) as well as the more proximate outcome (changes in course taking patterns) implicit in these more distal goals. She will also examine whether the reform is having heterogeneous effects on different demographic groups and different degree programs. Using data from California Community Colleges, the author will answer the following research questions: (1) Do structured academic transfer programs for community college students affect student outcomes and course-taking behavior?; and (2) Does a more structured transfer program affect the demographics (race, age, SES, prior education) of degree programs in community colleges and does it have larger effects on particular groups of students? The author worked closely with a community college district in Northern California. She used exclusively administrative data for this project. This study provides preliminary evidence that the introduction of Associates degrees for transfer had an effect on the behavior of students. Tables are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: California