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The Role of Transfer in the Attainment of Bachelor’s Degrees at Washington Public Baccalaureate Institutions, Class of 2006. Higher Education Coordinating Board October 27, 2009 University of Washington Tacoma. Method and Questions. Used combined PCHEES & SBCTC data files

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Higher education coordinating board october 27 2009 university of washington tacoma

The Role of Transfer in the Attainment of Bachelor’s Degrees at Washington Public Baccalaureate Institutions, Class of 2006

Higher Education Coordinating Board

October 27, 2009

University of Washington Tacoma


Method and questions

Method and Questions

  • Used combined PCHEES & SBCTC data files

  • Conducted by Paul Stern, Kirby Pitman, and Dave Pavelchek, SESRC – Puget Sound Division

  • Examined academic and background characteristics of 2006 Public Baccalaureate Graduates (n=19,272), including by:

    • campus type – (main, branch, and center)

    • % transfer vs. direct entry

    • type of two-year degree earned

    • enrollment in pre-college English or math

    • successful degree completion (by 6 broad major areas)


Limitations

Limitations

Some variables were not available in the developing database (e.g. earned credits, etc.)

Some data were missing, particularly transfer credits from institutions other than Washington Community and Technical Colleges

Some data were collected inconsistently by colleges (e.g. dual credit)


Higher education coordinating board october 27 2009 university of washington tacoma

Public degree production has grown rapidly at centers, branch campuses, and other off-campus locations


Most graduates enrolled in courses at two or more colleges

Most graduates enrolled in courses at two or more colleges


Direct entry students tended to be younger under 25 than transfer students

Transfer Status by Age at Graduation

10,000

30+

25-29

7,500

Under 25

5,000

2,500

0

Direct Entry

CTC Transfers

Other Transfer

(9,191)

(7,278)

(2,797)

Direct entry students tended to be younger (under 25) than transfer students


The student population at branches and centers are older

Campus Type by Age at Graduation

100%

7%

11%

14%

14%

38%

18%

18%

75%

50%

50%

27%

79%

24%

71%

68%

25%

35%

26%

0%

Center (N=1,321)

Total (N=19,266)

Regional Comp. (N=6,721)

Research Univ (N=9,291)

Branch Campus (N=1,933)

Under 25

25-29

30+

The student population at branches and centers are older . . .


And more are transfer students

Transfer Status by Campus Type

Research Univ

29%

11%

59%

(N=9,292)

Regional Comp

34%

14%

52%

(N=6,726)

Branch Campus

71%

27%

2%

(N=1,933)

67%

23%

11%

Center (N=1,321)

0%

25%

50%

75%

100%

CTC Transfers

Other Transfer

Direct Entry

. . . and more are transfer students


Higher education coordinating board october 27 2009 university of washington tacoma

The majority of CTC transfer students successfully completed remedial coursework and went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree


Higher education coordinating board october 27 2009 university of washington tacoma

More than 4,500 students successfully completed remedial coursework at a CTC in English or Math and progressed to a bachelor’s degree

35% of STEM graduates (n=232) and 50% of business graduates (n=505) took pre-college math


Mission matters different types of institutions tend to specialize in particular majors

Majors by Campus Type

100%

7%

6%

9%

12%

22%

24%

31%

27%

75%

12%

33%

14%

25%

11%

5%

20%

50%

3%

17%

4%

16%

2%

15%

2%

4%

5%

9%

24%

9%

1%

25%

17%

13%

31%

23%

17%

16%

13%

0%

Overall

Research Univ

Regional Comp

Branch Campus

Center

Other

Arts and Letters

Soc Sci & Psych

Health

Education

STEM

Business

Mission Matters: Different types of institutions tend to specialize in particular majors

Distribution of Majors by Campus Type


Transfer pathways seem to be effective

Median Credits Attempted/Earned Toward

Business Degree

242.0

208.5

credits

211.0

207.0

199.5

Total

Business

DTA

No AA

Technical

(N=1,211)

DTA

(N=923)

Earned

and Other

(N=44)

(N=175)

Degree

(N=69)

Transfer Pathways seem to be effective

48 out of 53 students completing the Business DTA/MRP earned a bachelor’s degree in business


Transfer pathways seem to be effective1

Transfer Pathways seem to be effective

  • 145 out of 152 students completing an A. S. Track 2 (engineering/physics) completed a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related major

  • 68 out of 83 students earning an A. S. Track 1 (biology/chemistry) majored in either STEM or health


Next steps

Next Steps

  • Continue working with Education Research and Data Center (ERDC) to improve PCHEES data set.

    • Capture earned as well as attempted credits

  • Identify core questions for longitudinal studies about transfer, as well as any additional questions more suitable for periodic studies.

  • Consider the pro’s and con’s in integrating the two transfer studies we currently conduct into one report.


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