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Title: Preparing Students To Be On The Transfer Path In Washingtons Community And Technical Colleges


1
  • Preparing Students To Be On The Transfer Path In
    Washingtons Community And Technical Colleges
  • Research Report 04-02
  • December 2004
  • Loretta Seppanen, PhD, Assistant Director,
    Education Services

2
Key findings
  • Students on the transfer path become prepared for
    junior status at the same rate as freshmen who
    directly enter public baccalaureates.
  • Community and technical colleges provide access
    to bachelors degrees for a broader spectrum of
    students.
  • CTCs provide a second chance for people who
    enroll some years after high school or did not
    prepare for college while in high school.
  • Students who explore the transfer option at a CTC
    but then leave before moving to the transfer
    path are typically older, working, and/or have
    families and attend part-time.

3
Community and technical college students fill a
transfer pipeline
  • Some 41,000 students enroll at community and
    technical colleges each year to explore the
    option of transfer.
  • Transfer path clear the one-quarter hurdle by
    earning 15 college-level course credits.
  • Comparable to successfully competing for
    admission to a university
  • Within two years, 60 of transfer explorers are
    on the transfer path

At least 45 credits
4
CTC students on the transfer path progress to
transfer ready status in a manner similar to
freshmen to junior progress at universities
  • Transfer ready successfully completed courses
    in each of the categories of general education
    requirements with the minimum required 2.0 GPA
  • English composition and quantitative reasoning
    course with C or better grade
  • Passing grade in at least one course each in
    humanities, social science and natural
  • Nearly two-thirds of students on the transfer
    path achieve transfer ready status within a two
    year period.
  • Another nearly one in five are continuing at
    college and making steady progress toward the
    transfer ready goal at the end of two years.

5
CTCs provide access to bachelors degrees for
different students than universities
  • 67 of CTC transfer students are first generation
    compared to 47 at the public four-year colleges
  • More African American (45), Latino (48) and
    Native American (50) students use the transfer
    route compared to university freshmen (African
    Americans at 39, Latinos at 40, Native
    Americans at 32).
  • Only half of CTC students completed a college
    prep curriculum compared to 88 at universities.

6
Opportunities for transfer improvement
  • Only about one-third of students exploring the
    transfer option started college immediately after
    high school.
  • Consequently, more were trying to balance college
    course work with employment and family
    obligations.
  • Explorers who left prior to earning 15 credits
    were twice as likely to attend college on a
    part-time basis.
  • Explorers who left prior to earning 15 credits
    were also more likely to be working full-time or
    to be a parent.
  • Washington is one of six states selected to
    participate in a national Ford Foundation project
    studying how to improve the success of working
    adult students who often come with significant
    needs for remediation and/or limited English
    skills.

7
Summary
  • Students on the transfer path successfully
    achieve junior status at the same rate as 4-year
    freshmen.
  • Underrepresented students of color and first
    generation students are more likely to start at a
    CTC.
  • CTCs provide a second chance for people who
    delay college entry or were not on the college
    prep path in high school.
  • The challenge for CTCs is moving students from
    Exploring the Transfer Option to being on the
    transfer path.

8
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