ERIC Number: EJ856192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
The Denominator as the "Target"
Hom, Willard C.
Community College Review, v37 n2 p136-152 2009
Various analyses have used the transfer rate as a performance indicator for community colleges, but the question of what constitutes an appropriate denominator in the transfer-rate equation remains a point of contention. This article examines the potential drawbacks of using student-reported educational goals to determine which students are included in the denominator and notes how the behavioral signal approach--based on the courses students take and complete--may be a more appropriate alternative. In addition, the article discusses the prospects of employing a "transfer opportunity diagnosis" based on multiple indicators. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Transfer Rates (College), Self Disclosure (Individuals), Educational Research, Research Methodology, Academic Aspiration, Information Utilization, Computation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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