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Plenary Address Trudy Bers Executive Director, Research, Curriculum & Planning Oakton Community College Des Plaines, Illinois. Setting the Context of Transfer. 63% 1992 12 th graders who subsequently earned > 10 postsecondary credits attended more than one school

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Plenary AddressTrudy BersExecutive Director, Research, Curriculum & PlanningOakton Community CollegeDes Plaines, Illinois


Setting the Context of Transfer

  • 63% 1992 12th graders who subsequently earned > 10 postsecondary credits attended more than one school

  • Multiple transfer patterns – swirling2-year to 4-year4-year to 2-year (reverse transfer)2-year to 2-year4-year to 4-yearConcurrent enrollments of all sorts

  • Multiple measures of transfer; no clear answer


Creating a Transfer Going CultureStephen Handel – The College Board

  • CC Role: Prepare students academically

  • University Role: Work with cc to align courses and curricula, give students accurate info, welcome transfers

  • In addition, for CC: Help students understand transfer options and processes

  • In addition, for both: Work together and with state re: statewide policies and practices to facilitate transfer


IPKITImproving Practitioner Knowledge to Increase Transfer

  • Barbara Townsend, U of MO (PI) + advisory group

  • Lumina-funded

  • Purposes

    • Provide practitioners with knowledge & skills to gather & analyze institution-specific data re: transfer

    • Improve policies & support programs for transfer students

  • http://education.missouri.edu/orgs/index


IPKIT Modules

  • Institutional audits of policies, practices and attitudes affecting transfer students;

  • Guide to conducting focus groups about transfer;

  • Guide to constructing surveys about transfer;

  • Information on coding open-ended responses to survey questions;

  • Annotated list of data sources for information about transfer and degree attainment.


IPKIT Audits: Focus on theInstitution & State Context

  • Two-year and four-year versions

  • Three components

    • Inventory of state’s & college’s policies affecting transfer students

    • Ascertain college’s practices & attitudes affecting transfer students

    • Ascertain availability & use of data about student transfer & performance after transfer


‘Doing’ IPKIT Audits

  • IPKIT leader

  • IPKIT team

  • Multiple sessions – won’t have answers right away


IPKIT Data

  • Existing policies

    • State-level

    • Institution-level

  • Institutional attitudes & practices

  • Collection & use of data


Reality Check: Reasonable ExpectationsThink Short-term and Long-term

  • Data & Information

    • Collected or need to be collected

    • Operational definitions

    • Centralized or decentralized

    • Ownership & access

    • Data entry

    • Quantitative or qualitative


The Leader and the Team

  • Leader

    • Champion or task-manager

    • Level

    • Role

  • Team

    • Representation

    • Level


Data Gathering Approaches

  • Institutional data (student information systems)

  • Home-grown surveys

  • National surveys – NSSE, CCSSE, SENSE

  • State & Nat’l data sources – National Student Clearinghouse, IPEDS, state student unit record systems


More Data Gathering Approaches

  • Focus groups (students & staff)

  • Individual interviews (students & staff)

  • Document reviews (brochures, agreements)

  • Web sites

  • Observations


What Potential Students Want to Learn from Web SiteSurvey of 500 students with intent to transfer

www.noellivitz.com/expectations


Beyond IPKIT: Testing Yourselves


Moving Forward to Improve Transfer:The Six Whos

  • Who recommends

  • Who champions

  • Who approves

  • Who manages

  • Who implements

  • Who funds


Action Planning

  • Think of two concrete projects to improve transfer at your institution:

    • Project #1: Doable in one year

    • Project #2: Two-three year timetable


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