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ERIC Number: EJ852024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
Calculating the College-to-University Transfer Rate in Ontario
Decock, Henry
College Quarterly, v7 n1 Win 2004
Measuring transfer is as varied as it is controversial, particularly in an era of increased accountability and in the case of Ontario Colleges, in a time of flux and change. American Community Colleges have been grappling with the definition of a transfer rate, continuing to fail on reaching a consensus. The importance of an acceptable transfer calculation has political implications in Ontario as the college and university sectors adapt to changing legislation and mandates. Recent studies, including Rodger Cummins (1998) report that 7.8% of 1996 university applicants had Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) backgrounds, have indicated relatively low transfer rates in Ontario. This kind of information when compared to British Columbia's 10-12% range and coupled with declining rates in the United States, have been used to bolster the arguments of opposing camps on the issue of transfer. In this article, the author examines the level of aspiration of community college students to transfer to a university program by analyzing data from Seneca College. The author attempts to document the number of students who do transfer province wide and at Seneca College. These two components were determined by compiling existing data collected by the college and the province of Ontario. Then, the author analyzes the intent and actual transfer of the General Arts and Science program at Seneca. The analysis is derived from existing data collections and from a telephone survey conducted in Spring 2001. The author also attempts to apply Gellin's (1999) Entering and Exiting Student Cohort Model to the General Arts and Science program. Finally, the author concludes with some comments on the data, the models and the program, indicating areas of strength, weakness and further study. (Contains 2 figures, 5 tables and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada