ERIC Number: EJ1098024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Predictors of Timely Baccalaureate Attainment for Underrepresented Minority Community College Transfer Students
Mooring, Raymond D.; Mooring, Suazette R.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v40 n8 p681-694 2016
For many underrepresented minority students, the path to the baccalaureate degree begins with initial enrollment at a community college. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of students interested in transferring actually do transfer to a 4-year institution. Of these transfers, few graduate with a baccalaureate degree within 6 years of initial matriculation at their community college. This study was completed to see if the graduation rates for underrepresented minority community college transfer students vary depending on the type of receiving institution. In addition, an analysis was conducted to determine if the factors that best predict timely graduation for these transfers vary by ethnicity. Results from a suite of logistic regression models indicated that the factors that predict timely graduation for underrepresented minority transfers were not the same for each ethnicity. The most predictive factor for African-American transfers was enrollment in a 4-year transfer program at the community college. For Hispanic transfers, obtaining some type of credential before transferring was most predictive of timely graduating with a baccalaureate degree. On the other hand, the Grade Point Average (GPA) at the receiving 4-year institution was most predictive of timely graduation for Asian transfer students. The study was not able to conclusively determine the types of institutions that were the most successful graduating minority community college transfers.
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, Minority Groups, Bachelors Degrees, Educational Attainment, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Two Year College Students, Transfer Students, Predictor Variables, Higher Education, Enrollment, Graduation Rate, Regression (Statistics), African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Asians, Undergraduate Students, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Grade Point Average, Longitudinal Studies, College Entrance Examinations, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study; SAT (College Admission Test)
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