ERIC Number: EJ723817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 42
College Transfer Performance: A Methodology for Equitable Measurement and Comparison
Bahr, Peter Riley; Hom, Willard; Perry, Patrick
Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, v13 n1 p73-87 Fall 2005
Accountability in performance is a subject of increasing attention and concern for community colleges. In California, much attention has been focused on student transfers from the community colleges to four-year institutions as a primary facet of institutional performance. This focus often leads to comparisons of transfer rates between colleges with the goal of identifying low performing and high performing colleges. However, comparison of raw rates of transfer ignores important differences in the structural conditions and exogenous variables affecting the performance of each college, leading to inequitable stratification of colleges and inaccurate classification of colleges in terms of transfer performance. To treat this fundamental incomparability of raw transfer rates, a method for equitable comparison of transfer outcomes was developed and implemented in California's community college system. This method involves major enhancements to prior efforts in California to implement transfer comparisons, including a less biased definition of the transfer rate, the use of statistical models to adjust for exogenous variables observed to affect the transfer outcome, the use of multiple student cohorts, and the inclusion of data on student transfers to a wider range of four-year institutions (both private and public, and both in-state and out-of-state).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California